Hey Dad star opens up about abuser Robert Hughes
FORMER child star and abuse survivor Sarah Monahan has shared her thoughts on the sentence appeal of her abuser Robert Hughes with The Daily Telegraph.
Hughes lost his appeal in the High Court of Australia today, which means there are no other avenues for Hughes to appeal his conviction and minimum six year jail term, which he is currently serving.
Hughes only narrowly lost his appeal with four judges deciding against him and three believing he had the right to a retrial.
Outside the court several victims cried and said they were "overjoyed".
Hey Dad! actor Monahan, who revealed in 2010 she had been abused by Hughes on the set of the family show, spoke to Confidential's Jonathon Moran in his Robed-Up with JMo Facebook Live series.
"(Stay) in prison and do your time," she told The Daily Telegraph this morning.
"It's been six years. Every time you've moved on, you get dragged back in, so it would be nice if it was just over.
"His time is almost half way up so then you'd have to go through a retrial and go through it all again and it can drag out for another how many years."
Hughes was convicted of 10 child sex charges in April 2014 after he was found guilty of molesting four girls, including Monahan, between 1984 and 1990.
He was sentenced to at least six years in jail, with a maximum sentence of 10 years and nine months.
Monahan said she had no sympathy for Hughes after reports that he had been attacked by other prisoner inmates who threw urine and human faeces on him while in protective custody at Goulburn jail.
"It's not meant to be like Club Phuket, it's prison," she said, "it's not meant to be summer camp and he's in solitary.
"I think a lot of it may have also been, each time those stories came out, it was right before an appeal, like a week before, so I always wondered if it was a bit of a beat up.
Asked what she would say to Hughes if she ever came face-to-face with him, the US-based Monahan replied: "I don't know if you can say that on camera."
The 40-year-old said she would attend court today with some of Hughes' other victims who she was yet to meet.
Monahan also revealed her desires to work in television again despite a network once telling her she was "tainted goods" and "not family viewing".
"If you were in a terrorist incident or you were mugged or robbed or you were in a car accident, people don't put that stigma on you, it's something that happened to you, it's not your fault and so it's like 'why do people look at me like I'm the one who can't be on TV and not family viewing because I'm not the one who molested a kid.
"I was a small, small child who didn't have any say on the issue. People put it on me but it's on him and on adults.
"If people put me back on TV it would teach a lot of victims that there isn't that stigma and you can move past it."