7 Dec 2016

Actor touched women during acting classes, court told

8:12 pm on 7 December 2016

An acting coach asked his female student to kiss his penis during private acting classes, an Auckland jury has been told today.

The actor - whose name is suppressed - is facing sexual assault charges in the Auckland District Court.

He has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including 10 of indecent assault and two of unlawful sexual connection.

The Crown has argued that the actor knowingly took advantage of four young women during a physical exercise called Push/ Pull in his one-on-one classes.

The first complainant, who was 21 at the time, said the actor went from light touching, to kissing to performing sexual acts on her and then eventually asking her to kiss his genitals, which she did.

She said she looked up to the accused as a father figure, trusted him and wanted to please him.

The defence argues that the women willingly participated in the exercises.

His name, age and ethnicity have been suppressed until the jury reaches its verdict .