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Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick told police she felt ill when they first informed her of allegations she sexually assaulted a teen fan in the 1980s.

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

The court heard that the alleged victim and Kirkpatrick, best known for her role as Freak in the popular series, had been introduced by a woman who worked with Kirkpatrick.

That woman was also a patient at the same psychiatric facility as the alleged victim.
It is alleged that Kirkpatrick indecently assaulted the girl at her home on a night in June or July in 1984.

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

‘It’s making me feel quite sick.’

The court heard that the victim alleges she watched the Logies while at Kirkpatrick’s house.

Det Sen Cons Mitchell told the court the Logies were broadcast in April in 1984.

The matter will return to court on Thursday.


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