Woman consented to kissing, star claims
THE legal team for a Chinese movie star charged with sexual assault have argued the alleged victim engaged in consensual “kissing and cuddling” with his co-accused.
Actor Yunxiang Gao and producer Jim Wang are accused of sexually assaulting the woman at the Shangri-La Hotel after a crew party.
Gao’s legal team yesterday argued the woman had given inconsistent accounts of the night. Magistrate Beverley Schurr will decide next Wednesday whether the alleged victim should have to give evidence in a Local Court committal hearing.
Barrister John Korn, instructed by solicitor son Warwick Korn, told the court the alleged victim had given inconsistent police statements and needed to be cross-examined about them because the prosecution case relied heavily on her version of events.
Mr Korn said the woman denied having vaginal intercourse in her first police statement on March 27 this year but in her third statement said there had been vaginal intercourse.
The prosecution said evidence such as Gao and Wang’s semen and the alleged victim’s menstrual blood were evidence there had been intercourse.
Gao’s legal team also argued the alleged victim said she refused “amorous advances” from Wang but CCTV footage showed her “engaging in consensual acts of kissing and cuddling” at a karaoke bar before she went back to the hotel.
In response to this, however, the prosecutor said: “Even if somehow the counternarrative of consensual amorous acts between the complainant and Mr Wang were to be accepted it does not follow that she thereafter engaged in consensual sexual intercourse with him and the applicant.”
Mr Korn described the matter as “out of the ordinary” due to the inconsistencies and described a scenario where the alleged victim may have sought to avoid conflict with her husband.