AFL legend Barry Cable set to face lawsuit over historical sexual abuse claims


Legendary Australian Rules footballer Barry Cable is facing allegations he repeatedly sexually abused a Perth teenager during his playing career.

Cable, 79, is being sued for damages in the District Court of Western Australia and is set to face a civil trial beginning this week.

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He denies all allegations and is not facing criminal charges.

An order preventing Cable from being identified in relation to the allegations has been overturned ahead of the trial.

The woman alleges Cable sexually abused her between 1968, when she was aged 12, and 1973.

Barry Cable is set to face a civil trial over historical sexual abuse allegations. Credit: AAP

She claims she suffered psychiatric harm as a result of sexual behaviour and harassment by Cable which she alleges continued until she was in her mid-30s.

One of football’s most decorated players, Narrogin-born Cable was in 2012 elevated to legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

He had an illustrious playing career in the WAFL and VFL and went on to coach in both leagues.

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