Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes intends to return to Australia to fight multiple child sexual assault allegations, a court has been told.
The 64-year old, who played lovable father figure Martin Kelly in the hit 1980s and 90s family sitcom, is facing allegations made by five people dating back 27 years.
During a brief hearing at a London court on Wednesday, a barrister for Hughes outlined the actor’s intentions.
“Mr Hughes is keen not to delay the proceedings any more than necessary and get back and prove his innocence,” lawyer Rachel Kapila said.
After being arrested at his London home in early August, Hughes faced court where Australian authorities seeking his extradition to Sydney outlined 11 alleged offences.
The claims relate to children aged seven to 15 years and offences between 1985 and 1990.
Police evidence presented to court in August included allegations of indecent exposure, kissing and the touching of Hughes’ erect penis through clothing.
Hughes is yet to be charged with any offence and NSW Police want him in Sydney for questioning.
The matter has been adjourned for a further hearing at London’s Westminster Magistrate’s Court on September 28, when Ms Kapila requested a “short hearing” before her client’s anticipated return to Australia.
Hughes, dressed in a dark suit and tie, addressed the court on today to confirm his name, date of birth and address.He remains on bail and did not speak with reporters as he left court.
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