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Tim Mathieson, Australia’s ex ‘First Bloke,’ copped a hefty fine for sexually assaulting a friend

Australia’s former First Broke admitted to sexually assaulting a friend last year by sucking her nipples while she fell asleep while watching a Whitney Houston documentary in Melbourne.

Raymond Timothy Matheson, also known as Tim Matheson, was spared jail when he appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court for sentencing on Thursday.

Julia Gillard’s ex-partner, 67, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, was found guilty and fined $7,000.

Judge Belinda Franzic said the offense was a “serious example of sexual assault”.

Raymond Timothy Matheson, known as Tim Matheson, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court for sentencing on Thursday and was spared jail.
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“This incident involved a victim who was sleeping and therefore vulnerable. It is particularly egregious that it happened in the victim’s own home,” she said.

“When the victim woke up and pushed him away, he continued to try to put his mouth back on her breast.

“In my view, that further exacerbates the seriousness of the crime. This is a particularly intimate form of sexual assault.”

Mr Matheson admitted sexually assaulting a friend (not pictured) who fell asleep while watching a Whitney Houston documentary in Melbourne in 2022.
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Last March, the woman invited him to her apartment and they drank wine and ate a roast together before watching a documentary on Whitney Houston.

The woman fell asleep on the sofa and was woken up by Matheson sucking her nipples and cupping her right breast, the court heard.

The victim continued to try to suck her nipples before leaving the apartment, even though she pushed him away and told her to stop.

The next day, the woman called Matheson to dispute the incident.

He apologized and said something like this would never happen again.

In a victim impact statement read out by the prosecution, the court heard the woman suffered from anxiety, depression and bulimia as a result of the incident.

She then moved away to have the “safety and support” of her family.

Matheson’s attorney, Brad Peno, said Matheson has apologized for his actions and the impact of the offense.

Penno implored Judge Franzic not to record a conviction against Matheson, noting his client’s exemplary good conduct record and work with numerous charities prior to the incident.

“I am not sure whether this matter can be dealt with without recording a conviction,” the judge replied.

“While we acknowledge this is completely out of line, we believe this is a serious example of sexual assault.”

As Matheson left court, his friend offered to pay for a taxi ride home.

Matheson’s attorney, Brad Peno (not pictured), said Matheson has apologized for his actions and the impact of the offense.
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“I’m $7,000 down in my wallet,” Matheson said.

The former hairdresser came into the public eye in 2006 when he started dating Julia Gillard, then deputy leader of the Labor Party.

He became known as Australia’s “first hoodlum” and moved into the lodge when Ms Gillard became prime minister in 2010.

Mr Matheson had a close relationship with the former prime minister for more than a decade, ending in late 2020 and early 2021.
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In a first-of-its-kind reversal of traditional gender roles in Australia, Ms Matheson took on the role normally held by the prime minister’s wife.

The relationship between Mr Matheson and the former prime minister ended quietly in late 2020 or early 2021 after more than a decade together.

The incident happened just weeks before Gillard publicly confirmed their split.

Mr Matheson is currently taking part in a men’s behavior program due to start early next year, his lawyer confirmed.

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