Maggie Kirkpatrick, better known for her role in the 1980’s TV show “Prisoner,” is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Victoria Police confirmed that the 74-year-old has been charged with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person aged under 16.
Kirkpatrick has denied all allegations by stating, “I need to go to court to have this ridiculous situation quashed,” as reported by News Corp.” She also mentioned, “Allegations have been leveled at me, yes. Are they true? Absolutely not.”
The case is due to be heard on August 19 in the Magistrates’ Court in Melbourne.
This is not the first time an Australian TV star is facing such charges. In May 2014, Australian TV legend Robert Hughes faced similar charges. He was found guilty and was convicted for 10 sexual and indecent assault charges. He allegedly abused five girls, all aged seven to 15 years. He was ordered to serve at least six years in prison.
Just a month later, another Australian entertainer, Rolf Harris, was found guilty of abusing four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986. The 84-year-old was sentenced to five years and nine months in jail.
Maggie Kirkpatrick accepted her first professional job in a Shakespearean play at age 19. She came into prominence due to the 1980’s television show “Prisoner” where she played a warden nicknamed “The Freak.” She also got fame for her role in “Hey Dad!,” “Home and Away” and “All Saints.”
Maggie has a daughter from her 16-year long marriage that ended in 1979. She has been a theater professional for so long and is an active participant till now. She only took a break from her career when her daughter was born. The Australian actress with sexual assault charges is currently based in Sydney.