Aussie Sex Abuse Inquiry

An official inquiry into child sex abuse within the Australian entertainment industry was launched June 15. 

Photo: AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth
British pop star Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, Feb. 5. 

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has asked victims to come forward. It covers music, films, television theatre, dance, performing arts schools, casting agencies and all private and public organisations.

The request for information follows a UK inquiry into the entertainment industry where 1,400 were investigated, 261 of “public prominence.” Robert Hughes, actor with Australian sitcom “Hey Dad!” is serving a six-year sentence after being convicted last year of 10 sexual and indecent assault charges dating back to the 1980s.