During a short procedural hearing that took place at the New South Wales state District Court on Friday, Gao Yunxiang and Wang Jing pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault.
Both Gao Yunxiang, a Chinese movie star, and Wang Jing, a Chinese producer, have now been booked for a six-week trial later in the year according to the Australian court spokeswoman.
Wang Jing is the producer of 36-year-old Gao Yunxiang who is a star of two Chinese television programs – Legend of Mi Yue and Goddess of Mercy. Charges of aggravated sexual assault and deprivation of the liberty of a woman were filed against them. There are also related charges regarding an incident that happened in March 2018 at a hotel in Sydney. According to accusations, the incident unfolded at the Shangri-La hotel following a wrap party organized for “Love in Aranya” – a television series which shooting was done in Sydney.
Actor Gao Yunxiang paid A$3 million ($2.1 million) as bail surety but not without conditions according to Australian media. He is mandated to wear an electronic bracelet as well as placed under a nightly curfew and banned from going within 100 meters of Sydney airport. His producer, on the other hand, remains in custody as he was not granted bail.
The identity of the complainant was not revealed as laws in Australia do not allow public identification of sex crimes complainants.
The trial is to begin on October 21 with a pretrial hearing set for September 6.
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