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Indecent Assault Charges Against Dan Sultan Have Been Dropped

The musician had previously cancelled all tour dates after being charged with indecent assault relating to an alleged 2008 incident.

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The charges of indecent assault against Dan Sultan have now been dropped following a brief online hearing on Thursday.


Nine months on from the news that Dan Sultan had cancelled a run of upcoming tour dates after being charged with indecent assault relating to an alleged incident from 2008, the charges against the musician have reportedly been dropped.

As The Age reported yesterday, a brief online session by Melbourne Magistrates’ Court saw the charges against Sultan – also known as Daniel Loorham – struck out, following the mid-hearing arrival of a document.

Details of the document have not been revealed, but prosecutor Stephen Payne was quoted as saying that in light of its arrival, “the application is to withdraw the charge”.

News of the charges were first reported on in February, with an unspecified incident from 2008 cited as the cause of these charges.

“Fawkner Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation team detectives have charged a 36-year-old man following a sexual assault that occurred in Coburg in September 2008,” a spokesperson explained at the time.

“A man from Connells Point, NSW has been charged with one count of indecent assault.”

While Sultan soon cancelled all upcoming tour dates in light of the news, his legal representatives reportedly told the court that he had intended to not only plead not guilty in relation to the charges, but actively fight the accusation.