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Belarusian actor Aleh Sidorchyk out of Adelaide Fringe Festival over indecent assault charge

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Foreign actor set to perform in Australia is accused of an ‘indecent act’ on the run over – and suspended from the show’s cast

  • Belarusian actor Aleh Sidorchyk cut from Adelaide Fringe
  • He is accused of acting indecently on a flight to Australia
  • Was booted from the show cast and will fly out next week

A Belarusian actor accused of an alleged indecent act while fleeing to Australia has been suspended from the cast of an Adelaide Fringe Festival show.

Actor Aleh Sidorchyk, 61, appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from the City Watchhouse, accused of committing an indecent act towards another person on his Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide on Sunday.

He was released on bail but was ordered to surrender his passport, go to Hindley St police station on Friday and not leave the state.

Belarusian actor Aleh Sidorchyk (pictured) has been charged with committing an indecent act towards another person on a flight to Australia

The court heard the case is likely to be resolved at the next hearing on Monday, after which Sidorchyk will be allowed to fly out of the country on Tuesday.

Sidorchyk was set to perform in the Fringe show Dogs of Europe but has been dropped from the cast of the Belarus Free Theater production, festival director Kath Mainland said.

“Aleh Sidorchyk will no longer appear in Dogs of Europe and will be replaced by Ilya Yasinski and Igor Shugaleev,” Ms Mainland told the Adelaide advertiser.

“The production will open on Thursday evening and will continue as planned until Monday, March 6.”

Belarus Free Theater is a company of 20 people operating in political exile from its homeland.

After a trial, Sidorchyk (pictured) was released on bail, but had to surrender his passport

After a trial, Sidorchyk (pictured) was released on bail, but had to surrender his passport

The alleged indecent act took place on a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday

The alleged indecent act took place on a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday

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