A judge has declined media applications to photograph an award-winning Kiwi entertainer accused of sex offences against four women.
The man, in his 40s, appeared in Auckland District Court in November where he pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent assault and two of sexual violation.
The latter charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in jail.
Judge Russell Collins today declined applications to photograph the defendant at his upcoming appearance, stating there was "no public interest ... at this time in proceedings".
He will appear in court next week when it is understood his defence counsel will apply to have his name suppression extended.
It is believed the Crown will oppose that application.
According to charge sheets, the incidents took place between 2010 and 2013 in Auckland.