Hey Dad! actor guilty of sexually assaulting girls
Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been found guilty of sexually and indecently assaulting young girls.
After almost 12 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury handed down their guilty verdict on nine of the 11 charges against Hughes.
They were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the two remaining counts.
Judge Peter Zahra directed them to continue deliberations on those two charges.
The 65-year-old actor's partner, Robyn Gardiner, made no reaction when the guilty verdicts were handed down.
After the jury was directed to retire again, Hughes stood up in the dock and yelled: ''I am innocent.''
Hughes, who played Martin Kelly in the hit Australian TV show Hey Dad!, had pleaded not guilty to 11 sexual and indecent assault charges stemming from allegations he abused five girls during the 1980s and 1990s.
During his trial, which lasted almost six weeks, the jury heard a range of allegations, from stories of Hughes wearing nothing under a sarong and regularly exposing himself, to accusations he abused a seven-year-old girl.
Now a woman, she told the court that Hughes had come into her bedroom when she was sleeping at his home on Sydney's north shore in the early 1980s.
She said Hughes forced her to touch him, afterwards saying she was a ''good girl'' and to go back to sleep.
Female colleagues of the former star also gave evidence at the trial. One woman alleged Hughes had looked at her and then ''dropped his pants'', exposing his penis.
Hughes steadfastly denied all allegations.
He was supported throughout the trial by his partner Robyn Gardiner and their daughter Jessica Hughes. Both women gave evidence in his defence.
Sydney Morning Herald