Teen in Vic court for adult venue assault

A man charged over the sexual assault of a woman at an adult entertainment venue in Melbourne's CBD has a psychiatric illness, his lawyer says.

Begonet Ayaliew, 18, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Friday, charged with multiple offences over an assault at the Elizabeth Street venue on May 6.

"My client suffers a significant psychiatric illness," his defence lawyer told the court, as she opposed a request by media for access to Ayaliew's charges.