A man who was sexually abused as a child by disgraced Tasmanian art collector John Wayne Millwood has been awarded over $5 million in damages.
He was abused by Millwood under the guise of medical examinations in the 1980s when he was between 10 and 15 years old.
Millwood was convicted and jailed for four years for the 2016 assaults, and was paroled in 2019 after serving just over half of the sentence.
A civil action was launched by the man against Millwood, 75, three years ago after changes to the law regarding the statute of limitations.
Depraved Tasmanian art collector John Wayne Millwood (pictured) abused a man in the 1980s when the victim was aged 10-15
Tasmania Supreme Court Chief Justice Alan Blow on Wednesday awarded the man a record $5,313,500 in damages.
He said the man suffered from complex post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder as a result of the abuse.
He found that the man’s earning power in his corporate career had been impaired since 1999 when he confronted Millwood about the abuse.
Judge Blow said Millwood’s contact with his victim intensified over the next four years.
The man would come out of his office to find Millwood standing in the street, and sometimes Millwood would call him. The man changed his phone number at least once, but Millwood tracked it down.
Millwood was making nasty comments about the man in newspaper comment sections and on social media, claiming the man was delusional and mentally ill.
The victim was then harassed by Millwood shortly after his release from prison in 2019 (stock image)
The man said Millwood had doubled in jail, writing letters claiming he was the victim of a frame-up and conspiracy.
“As a result, I was the subject of the most malicious gossip…these lies became so deeply ingrained that distorted versions of them began to appear on social media by people who didn’t even know me” , did he declare.
Damages include over $1.5 million for loss of past earning capacity and $2 million for future earning capacity. He will also receive nearly $150,000 for medical expenses and $360,000 for non-economic harm.
The man said the ruling was a “victory for all child abuse victims”.
“This judgment recognizes the lifelong impact of sexual abuse on children,” he said in a statement.
“It recognizes that this impact is felt in all facets of life, directly causes physical and psychological injury, and has long-term negative economic consequences.”