june-july-1984

Vic 'Prisoner' victim excited to meet star

Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick has described as malicious and untrue allegations that she sexually assaulted a teen fan after collecting her from a psychiatric hospital in the 1980s.

In a police interview played to the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, the 74-year-old actress says she met the alleged victim and took her to her Prahran house, but put the girl, then 13, in a taxi after catching her drinking her alcohol.

The court heard that the alleged victim and Kirkpatrick had been introduced by a woman who worked with Kirkpatrick, who was also a patient at the same psychiatric facility.

The alleged victim has accused Kirkpatrick of indecently assaulting her at the actress’ house on a night in June or July in 1984.

“She stated that they had a meal and the ended up in Kirkpatrick’s bedroom,” Detective Senior Constable Katherine Mitchell told the court.

The alleged victim said Kirkpatrick was “most disappointed” she was not experienced in a sexual way, Det Sen Cons Mitchell said.

Afterwards, Kirkpatrick gave the alleged victim a present of a yellow jumper and a signed photograph then drove her back to the hospital, the court heard.

In an interview with police, Kirkpatrick said she was astonished by the allegations and they made her feel sick.

“These are untrue allegations,” Kirkpatrick said in the video of the interview played to the court.

She gasped and put her head in her hand as the details were read.

“It’s making me feel quite sick,” Kirkpatrick said.

Kirkpatrick said at the time she met the victim it was common for her to be asked to visit people in hospital.

She was then staring in the role of “The Freak” in the television show, Prisoner.

The victim alleges she watched the Logies while at Kirkpatrick’s house, the court was told.

Det Sen Const Mitchell said the Logies were broadcast in April in 1984.

The hearing continues.