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Pell asks for fair go over sex allegations

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

Cardinal George Pell says he's entitled as an Australian to get "a fair go" over historical sex abuse allegations and has promised to cooperate with authorities.

Two men have come forward to say Australia's most senior Catholic cleric groped their genitals in the 1970s, while another says he saw the priest expose himself to young boys.

Victoria Police has sent a brief of evidence to the Office of Public Prosecutions and is waiting to hear if charges should be laid.

"The allegations are untrue. I deny them absolutely," Cardinal Pell told reporters in Rome on Thursday.

"I've got no intention of adding to the discomfort or the harm of the people who made the allegations, but they're not true.

"I'm like any other Australian, I'm entitled to a fair go.

"Untested allegations should be put through the proper procedures. I'm quite prepared to cooperate with the appropriate civil and appropriate procedures."

"I won't cooperate with trial by the media. I think it's unjust and inappropriate."

Cardinal Pell did not answer questions from the media after his statement.

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