1491865535028 - Former Shortland Street actor Rene Naufahu will stand trial in September

Former Shortland Street actor Rene Naufahu will stand trial in September

An actor accused of indecently assaulting seven of his acting students will stand trial in September.

Former Shortland Street actor Rene Naufahu, 46, appeared briefly in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday for the first time since he was publicly named.

His four-week jury trial has been scheduled to begin on September 4 and his bail will continue until that date.

Naufahu has denied two charges of sexual violation and 15 of indecent assault.

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He was initially granted name suppression at his earliest district court appearances, but waived suppression last month.

His charges relate to seven female complainants who say they were assaulted by Naufahu between 2010 and 2013.

The offending is alleged to have happened when they took private acting tutorials from him.

Naufahu said his alleged actions were consensual and aimed at “trying to get [the students] ready for actual roles in the industry”.

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