EXCLUSIVE: Twist in Wallabies star Kurtley Beale’s Bondi pub toilet rape charge as police move to protect alleged victim: ‘Stay away from her’
- Kurtley Beale granted bail after fronting court on Saturday
- Rugby union player charged over alleged sexual assault
- Beale cannot go within 100m of where alleged victim lives
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been hit with a restraining order to protect the woman he is accused of raping at a pub in Sydney‘s eastern suburbs.
The provisional apprehended violence order was issued after Beale was granted bail on four sexual assault charges at the weekend.
Under the terms of the order Beale must not approach the 28-year-old woman he is alleged to have raped or contact her in any way except through a lawyer.
He must also not try to find the woman, or go within 100m of where she lives or works.
Standard AVO conditions prevent Beale from assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating the alleged victim or anyone with whom she is in a domestic relationship.
There is no suggestion Beale has done any of those things, only that police have sought the order.
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 when he appeared in court on Saturday
The restraining order was issued after Beale (above) was granted bail on four sexual assault charges at the weekend. Under the terms of the order Beale must not approach the 28-year-old woman he is alleged to have raped or contact her in any way except through a lawyer
Beale was supported by his wife Maddi, who gave birth to the couple’s first child in October, as his application for bail was granted at Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.
The 34-year-old had spent last Friday night in the cells at Surry Hills police station after being arrested at Kingsford that afternoon.
Police allege Beale sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in the toilets of the Beach Road Hotel at 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 sexually touch them without consent and sexual intercourse without consent.
The court heard that Beale denied the allegations.
Beale spent last Friday night in the cells at Surry Hills police station after being arrested at Kingsford that afternoon. Police allege he sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in the toilets of the Beach Road Hotel at Bondi on December 17. Beale’s wife is pictured outside court
Prosecutor Scott Thompson told the court police had recorded a conversation between Beale and the alleged victim.
‘That conversation alludes to what I would say [were] admissions,’ he said.
Sergeant Thompson told the court Beale had allegedly sent a message to a friend saying: ‘Yeah I messed up, I was out at the pub before Chrissy’.
But Beale’s barrister Stephen Stanton argued the calls and text were ‘an admission of infidelity, no more, no less’, and did not relate to the assault allegations.
Beale, who has played 95 Tests for Australia, was granted bail on the condition 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 was seen leaving the court and ignoring media following the decision by the judge to grant her partner bail
The sexual assault charges with be mentioned at Waverley Local Court on March 22 and the apprehended violence order will be mentioned next month.
Rugby Australia said in a statement on Friday Beale had been suspended while he continued to appear before the courts.
‘Kurtley Beale has been suspended from all forms of rugby with immediate effect pending the conclusion of legal proceedings,’ it read.
‘This step follows Mr Beale’s arrest and subsequent charge with serious criminal offences, and is in line with Rugby Australia’s Professional Player Code of Conduct.’
Beale took part in a 44-man Wallabies training camp on the Gold Coast last week.
He recently returned to Australia after several years spent playing in France ahead of the Super Rugby season for the NSW Waratahs.
Beale has spent his more than decade-long Super Rugby career with the Waratahs, apart from a brief spell with the Melbourne Rebels.