A top entertainer who shoved a young woman's head into his genitals in an alleyway is fighting to keep his name secret because he says publicity will destroy his career.
The man pleaded guilty in August in Auckland District Court to performing an indecent act with intent to insult but all details, including the charge, were suppressed until yesterday. The offence took place in Wellington but the date it occurred is suppressed. The entertainer had been drinking with friends and had decided to walk back to his hotel at 3.30am.
"He was approached by three young women in the street. He believed that the women were older than they were, due to the time of the evening ... and the way they presented themselves," the man's lawyer, Ron Mansfield, said.
He said the women asked to kiss his client and there were some "crude propositions" exchanged. As a result the entertainer and two of the women went into an alleyway intending oral sex.
"The intention was to pursue a consensual relationship, albeit a limited one," Mr Mansfield said.
The third woman followed moments later and approached the entertainer from behind, he said.
"She was taken by the head and her head moved down to his genitalia," Mr Mansfield said.
The woman later laid a complaint with police.
Mr Mansfield said his client had little recollection of events and initially refused to make a statement to police, but he had believed it was consensual at the time.
The entertainer has no previous convictions, had written a letter to the victim, would pay her $5000 for "emotional harm" and had offered to hold a restorative justice meeting with her, Mr Mansfield said.
The court was told she had rejected the meeting.
Media applications to photograph and film the man were denied after Mr Mansfield argued his appearance in the dock "was a particularly stressful event".
Mr Mansfield said "he should be entitled to be sentenced as most others in the community would." He wanted permanent name suppression. Police did not oppose the request. Mr Mansfield is asking for his client to be discharged without conviction. The charge has a maximum penalty of two years' jail.
Four letters from other prominent entertainment industry professionals were read out in court supporting the man.
Judge Eddie Paul adjourned the sentencing until next month and reserved his decision on suppression of the man's name.
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