EXCLUSIVE: Twist in Wallabies star Kurtley Beale’s Bondi pub toilet rape charge as police take steps to protect alleged victim: ‘Stay away from her’
- Kurtley Beale was granted bail after facing court on Saturday
- Rugby union player charged with alleged assault
- Beale is not allowed to come within 100 yards of where the alleged victim lives
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been hit with a restraining order to protect the woman he is accused of raping in a pub toilet in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The preliminary arrest warrant for violence was issued after Beale was released on bail over the weekend on four counts of assault.
Under the terms of the warrant, Beale is prohibited from approaching or contacting the 28-year-old woman he allegedly raped, except through a lawyer.
He is also not allowed to try to find the woman, or go within 100 meters of where she lives or works.
Standard AVO terms prevent Beale from assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or harassing the alleged victim or anyone she has a domestic relationship with.
There is no suggestion that Beale did any of those things, only that the police sought the warrant.
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been hit with a restraining order to protect the woman he is accused of raping at a hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. He is pictured with wife Maddi, who supported the 34-year-old as he appeared in court on Saturday
The restraining order was issued after Beale (above) was released on bail over the weekend on four counts of assault. Under the terms of the warrant, Beale must not approach or contact the 28-year-old woman he allegedly raped, except through a lawyer
Beale was supported by his wife Maddi, who gave birth to the couple’s first child in October when his bail application was granted at Parramatta’s local court on Saturday.
The 34-year-old had spent last Friday evening in Surry Hills Police Station holding cells after being arrested in Kingsford that afternoon.
Police allege Beale sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in the toilets of the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi on December 17.
The court heard there was a recorded conversation between Beale and his alleged victim and that the rugby player allegedly sent a message to his friend saying he had ‘messed up’.
Beale has been charged with two counts of sexually touching another person without consent, inciting another to touch them sexually without consent and having sexual intercourse without consent.
The court heard Beale deny the allegations.
Beale spent last Friday night in Surry Hills Police Station holding cells after being arrested that afternoon in Kingsford. Police allege he sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in the toilets of the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi on December 17. Beale’s wife is pictured out of court
Prosecutor Scott Thompson said the courthouse police recorded a conversation between Beale and the alleged victim.
“That conversation alludes to what I would say [were] recordings,” he said.
Sergeant Thompson told the court that Beale allegedly sent a message to a friend saying ‘Yeah I messed up, I got to the pub before Chrissy’.
But Beale’s attorney, Stephen Stanton, argued that the calls and texts were “an admission of infidelity, no more, no less,” and unrelated to the assault allegations.
Beale, who has played 95 Tests for Australia, was granted bail on the condition that he does not contact the alleged victim or enter an airport.
He has also been forced to surrender his passport and must report to Waverley Police Station twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
A stone-faced Maddi left court ignoring the media following the judge’s decision to release her partner on bail
The assault charges will be filed in Waverley local court on March 22, and the warrant of assault will be issued next month.
Rugby Australia said in a statement on Friday that Beale remains suspended while he continues to appear in court.
Kurtley Beale has been suspended from all forms of rugby with immediate effect pending the completion of the legal proceedings.
“This move follows Mr Beale’s arrest and subsequent charge of serious criminal offenses and is in line with Rugby Australia’s Code of Conduct for Professional Players.”
Beale took part in a 44-man Wallabies training camp on the Gold Coast last week.
He recently returned to Australia after playing in France for several years ahead of the Super Rugby season for the NSW Waratahs.
Beale has spent his decade-plus Super Rugby career with the Waratahs apart from a brief stint with the Melbourne Rebels.