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Cardinal George Pell accused of abusing person during move screening

  • Cardinal George Pell is accused of abusing a complainant during a movie 
  • Pell, 76, is at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday for a committal hearing 
  • Defence lawyer Robert Richter asked whether staff were alerted to alleged abuse

Cardinal George Pell is accused of abusing a complainant during a screening of the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind at a country Victorian cinema.

Pell, 76, returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday for week three of a committal hearing as he fights charges of multiple historical sex offences involving multiple complainants.

The court has not released details of the charges.

Cardinal George Pell is accused of abusing a complainant during a screening of the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind at a country Victorian cinema

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC questioned cinema sales manager John Bourke whether he or his staff were alerted to someone being abused during a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

‘The situation is this: if someone is heard to scream out in the balcony, an usher would have heard?’ Mr Richter asked.

‘If someone was heard to scream or yell … that would have been something that would be reported or investigated?’

‘If a person yelled out, that would be investigated,’ Mr Bourke said.

The hearing, which will determine if Pell stands trial, continues before magistrate Belinda Wallington.

Pell, 76, returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday for week three of a committal hearing as he fights charges of multiple historical sex offences involving multiple complainants (movie poster pictured)

Pell, 76, returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday for week three of a committal hearing as he fights charges of multiple historical sex offences involving multiple complainants (movie poster pictured)

 

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