The trial of Coronation Street star William Roache will hear from his first alleged victim today.
The woman, now aged 63, will be the first witness in the case against Roache, which opened yesterday at Preston Crown Court.
The actor, who plays Ken Barlow in the soap, is alleged to have taken "full advantage of his stardom" to sexually abuse five young girls.
His fame and popularity were said to have silenced his "star-struck" victims for decades until the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall scandals emerged, Anne Whyte QC, prosecuting told the jury.
Roache, 81, denies five historic counts of indecent assault and two historic counts of rape involving the complainants when they were aged between 11 or 12 and 16. The offences are said to have occurred between 1965 and 1971, at a time when he had already achieved fame in the ITV soap.
A 14-year-old was sexually assaulted in the men's toilets of Granada Studios in Manchester after taking part in a talent show there, jurors heard.
Another victim was said to be a young autograph-hunter whom Roache abused in his silver Rolls-Royce before he stopped the car and "gave her half a crown (12.5p) and told her to get to the bus home".
Roache, of Wilmslow, Cheshire was arrested in May last year after allegations were made in the wake of sex scandals involving Cyril Smith and Jimmy Savile.