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'Chinese Hugh Jackman' accuser may have to give evidence

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A barrister for a Chinese film star accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Sydney hotel room says she should be made to speak in court before trial.

The woman who says a high-profile Chinese actor sexually assaulted her in a Sydney hotel might be ordered to give oral evidence before the case goes to trial.

Gao Yunxiang, previously likened to China's "Hugh Jackman" by one of his lawyers, faces multiple charges after a party at the luxury Shangri-La hotel in the early hours of March 27.

Chinese television and movie star Yunxiang Gao with wife Xuan Dong at Central Local Court. Picture: Tim Pascoe
Chinese television and movie star Yunxiang Gao with wife Xuan Dong at Central Local Court.
News Corp/ Tim Pascoe

Gao's barrister John Korn told Central Local Court on Friday the complainant's first and third police statements contained different accounts of what happened inside the hotel room between her, Gao and a co-accused, Chinese producer Wang Jing, including whether there was sexual intercourse.

"It's not even an inconsistency but a contradiction," Mr Korn said.

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