Chris Dawson's former student and babysitter has admitted working on a book titled The Schoolgirl, Her Teacher and His Wife, but denied it was because she wanted revenge.
Questioned by defence barrister Pauline David in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, the woman, known only as JC, rejected the suggestion her claims she had been Dawson's sex slave were a good way to sell her book.
JC said the unpublished book was all about just putting her story down on paper to set the record straight.
Ms David: I suggest to you that the suggestion you were somehow kept as some kind of a sex slave is absolutely not true.
JC: It is true.
Ms David: I suggest to you that any suggestion he (Dawson) had any control over you is absolutely not true. That you have used that kind of language to create a good story you are wanting to sell. You have been engaged in a number of attempts to sell your life story, haven't you. It's pretty sensational stuff for a book isn't it to say that you're a sex slave? It is a more recent construction by you, isn't it?
JC: I think it's the most accurate construction I can give.
Ms David: I suggest to you that you have reinvented your life with Mr Dawson in the most vicious way.
Ms David: You have reinvented your life with Mr Dawson with the intent of destroying him most unfairly.
Ms David: You have characterised this man in a way that is completely untrue.
JC: No ... I don't make up stories about Mr Dawson.
JC had earlier insisted Dawson, a former Sydney rugby league player and teacher, told her his wife Lynette was never coming back after she had disappeared.
She said Dawson, 73, who is accused of murdering his wife, begged her to move into his house in early January 1982 because his wife had gone off with a religious sect and he needed her help to look after the couple's two children.
JC moved into the Bayview, Sydney, house just a few weeks before she turned 18 because she felt she had nowhere else to go.
"I felt obligated. I didn't feel like I had a choice," JC told the court.
JC denied being happy Lynette was gone.
"I didn't want the responsibility of cooking, cleaning, looking after Lyn's children who she loved. I wondered where she was.
"I wanted her to come back so I could go and live my life as a 17-year-old."
Dawson and JC married in 1984 and separated in 1990.
Dawson has pleaded not guilty in the judge-alone trial to murdering his wife.
The crown case against Dawson is that he killed his wife and disposed of her body because of his affair with JC.
Ms David claimed Dawson might have failed his wife as a husband, but he did not kill her.
She said the police investigation into Ms Dawson's disappearance had been flawed and they had failed to follow up alleged phone calls from her and sightings of her after she had supposedly been murdered.
The trial before Justice Ian Harrison resumes on Monday.
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