Robert Hughes is a paedophile and his wife Robyn Gardiner knows it. Just as Cardinal Pell enabled his priests to continue to sexually abuse children, so did Robert Hughes' wife. His arrogance knew no bounds and he used his status as star of the successful television show "Hey Dad" to terrorize children he came in contact with.
During his trial, Gardiner was accused of lying in a heated exchange with the prosecution and she spent five hours denying everything. Her husband never exposed his penis, never swam naked, and didn't touch a friend's daughter during parties held at the girl's house.
When one of the cast's members blanked Gardiner in the street, she was shocked and asked her why. "Why don't you ask your husband" her friend replied. Gardiner answered "we need to get him some help."
"I'm under oath here, she did not say those words" Gardiner said. She insisted that her husband was shocked to find out the family had gone to police. "I'll never forget it, he kept saying what, what, what?"
Robyn Gardiner is agent to the stars. When Kate Blanchett won Best Actor Oscar recently she said "To my agent in Australia, Robyn Gardiner, I love you so very much."
Yesterday a jury found Robert Hughes guilty of nine charges, two counts of sexual assault and seven counts of indecent assault. They will return today to consider two remaining charges of an indecent act.
Hughes cried when he heard the verdict, his comfortable lifestyle was about to come to an abrupt end. Some of his victims present in court cried with joy and hugged each other. We can only wonder how Sarah Monahan, the child star he abused for years, is feeling now that her long wait for justice is finally over.
Robyn Gardiner will be remembered as the woman who knew her husband was sexually abusing children and looked the other way. She is beyond contempt. Now it's up to the judiciary, who has a shocking record of leniency towards paedophiles, to give Robert Hughes the jail time he deserves.
Edit 17/5/2014: Yesterday Hughes was sentenced to 10 years and nine months’ prison with a non-parole period of six years.