A defence witness says a lady who accused an show business boss of sex offending was a “corrosive, toxic character” people hated working with.
The witness on Friday addressed Auckland District Court, where the industry professional has pleaded acquitted to 6 indecent assault charges and one charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.
One woman has accused the person of inappropriately touching her at a bar during a wrap party within the early 2010s. Two other women accuse the person of offences between 2007 and 2014.The defence witness on Friday said he’d worked with the primary woman and therefore the accused man on an entertainment project.The witness, previously an show business employer himself, said the alleged victim was “potentially the foremost corrosive, toxic character” on the team.
“She was very undermining, very insulting towards members of the team and she or he was very difficult to figure with,” the witness told jurors.
“People didn’t want to figure together with her .”
The witness rejected suggestions he didn’t get along side the alleged victim.
He said he “maintained professional boundaries” but her behaviour was undermining a team he was trying to cohere.
He said he felt awkward when the lady wore a bathrobe during work meetings in her bedroom .
“I have a definite memory of it because it actually didn’t leave me feel comfortable going into her room when she had a bathrobe on.”
The alleged victim previously rejected claims she conducted meetings in her bathrobe.
The witness said he didn’t know one among the opposite alleged victims.
He also said he wasn’t at the bar when the defendant was accused of indecently rubbing the woman’s thigh.
Another witness the defence called on Friday was asked about events at the bar.
“It was just a traditional night out,” he told defence counsel Marie Dyhrberg QC.
The witness told prosecutor Hannah Clark he saw nothing to cause him concern.
Apart from the alleged bar incident, the defendant was accused of sexually violating a lady who said she was molested when sleeping on a motel couch, and indecently assaulting a lady during a bedroom .
The defence has previously suggested the indecent assaults simply didn’t happen, and lingering workplace resentments about other issues inspired sexual offending claims to be fabricated.
But an alleged victim on Wednesday rejected that, telling the court: “Things had happened that shouldn’t have happened when [the accused] was my boss.”
Prosecutors closed the Crown case on Thursday. The accused man chose to not give evidence, but did prefer to call evidence.
Suppression orders prevent publication of some names and details within the case.
The trial before Judge Russell Collins continues.