On Thursday, Surry Hills detectives laid 11 charges against Mr Lister. Most of the charges relate to drug supply and possession after police raids at his Darlinghurst home and Marrickville studio where the police allegedly uncovered 1.8 grams of lysergide (LSD), ice, ketamine and a range of prescription medication.
The father of three has been released on bail since March 19 over the alleged sexual assaults between 2015 and 2018. He is also accused of tattooing one of the women without consent, but is defending all charges.
Police allege Ms Buttini is Mr Lister’s fifth victim.
“I’m coming out because I’m no longer going to be silenced by someone who I once idolised,” she said on Thursday.
“You think you won’t be believed … and you doubt yourself. But I want people to realise they shouldn’t be ashamed for things that are out of their control… and that they can contact police.”
The collage artist first reported the alleged 2015 assault after Mr Lister’s arrest in March. She then published an Instagram post, telling more than 25,000 followers that she had reported her own alleged experience, after seeking advice from 1800 RESPECT.
“When I was in the police station the officer told me that another woman had come forward against the same man,” she wrote. “I now have to go over the events with police this week … and relive those moments.”
In April Mr Lister contacted Ms Buttini, referencing her post and saying “nothing sexual went on at all between us and you know it. Despicable … simply despicable.”
Ms Buttini developed an interest in Mr Lister’s art when studying his work in her final year of school.
“I was so bewildered by the fact he was from Brisbane and yet he was this big name. Then having the opportunity to meet him was incredible,” she said. “But you know how people say you shouldn’t meet your idols.”
Ms Buttini first connected with Mr Lister over social media in July 2015, days before she met him at his Redfern studio.
She recalls the stairs, the big metal door and a space “10 metres, by five metres … it looked like people were squatting there.”
Inside was a table covered in the artist’s drawings, while canvases were stapled to the walls. Another room was used to store other artworks in Mr Lister’s unique style, which has been sought by the likes of Pink, Pharrell Williams and Hugh Jackman.
Mr Lister and Ms Buttini allegedly spent the evening at the studio. At the time, she said, “he wanted to tattoo me.” Drawings Mr Lister allegedly made of Ms Buttini have been given to police.
Hours later he allegedly indecently assaulted her.
Mr Lister will next appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on July 9.
1800-RESPECT 1800 737 732; Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; beyondblue 1300 224 636; Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63
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Lucy Cormack is a crime reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.