Wallabies star Kurtley Beale is spending the night behind bars after he was charged with the rape of a woman at a pub in Bondi.
The woman, 28, was allegedly sexually assaulted in the toilets of the Beach Road Hotel on December 17.
She then reported the incident to police in the Tweed/Byron Bay district shortly afterwards, a police statement said.
Beale, 34, who has 95 caps for the Wallabies, was questioned for several hours at Waverley Police Station in Sydney before he was charged on Friday night.
‘He was charged with two counts of sexually touch another person without consent, incite another to sexually touch them without consent and sexual intercourse without consent,’ NSW Police said in a statement.
Beale was denied bail and taken off in a NSW Corrective Services van to spend the night in a cell before facing Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
Kurtley Beale, 34, who has 95 caps for the Wallabies and whose wife Maddie recently gave birth, was charged with a string of sex offences at Waverley Police Station in Sydney on Friday
Beale was denied bail and taken off in a NSW Corrective Services van to spend the night in a cell before facing Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday
The woman told police Beale had followed her into the pub bathroom and then allegedly forced her to perform a sex act, the Daily Telegraph reported.
It understood the alleged victim had previously known Beale and acknowledged each other in the pub prior to the alleged attack, but were not socialising together.
It’s understood detectives studied CCTV from the hotel during the month-long investigation before moving in to arrest Beale.
The Wallabies star was intercepted by police while driving back from training through the suburb of Kingsford in east Sydney around 2.30pm on Friday afternoon.
Police pulled him over on Rainbow Street and arrested him before taking him to Waverley Police Station in Bondi Junction for questioning.
Beale and his wife Maddie celebrated the arrival of their first child just weeks before the alleged assault.
The baby, a boy, was named after the winger – Kurtley James Windon Beale.
The arrest comes just days after Eddie Jones was named as the new Wallabies coach.
Beale was also recently named in the extended Wallabies training squad for the upcoming World Cup.
But on Friday night he was suspended by Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs from all forms of the game until his charges are resolved.
Beale was recently named in the extended Wallabies training squad for the upcoming World Cup
The woman, 28, was allegedly assaulted in the toilets of Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel on December 17 and reported the incident to police in the Tweed/Byron Bay district
‘It 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,’ said a joint statement from both orgainsations.
;The Rugby Union Players Association has been informed of this development.
‘As this remains a legal matter, there will be no further comment until the conclusion of these proceedings.’
In December, Beale lifted the lid on his struggles with alcohol.
He revealed how he checked himself into rehab after a low moment which saw him get drunk and fight two teammates.
It’s understood captain Gareth Delve asked Beale to put a shirt on before arriving at the team hotel and was abused and assaulted for doing so.
Vuna then intervened, punches were thrown and Beale was flattened.
The 34-year-old now admits that he was in the wrong and deserved every punishment he received.
‘I checked myself into rehab. It came off the back end of the Rebels, me getting in a stink with one of the other players,’ Beale revealed in the Stan-produced feature Kurtley: My Story.
‘I made a bit of a porkchop of myself and absolutely deserved every sanction and everything like that. It was the time there where things weren’t going right for me. I had to get help.
‘With the support going back to my pillars, they pretty much said, maybe let’s go down this route and try find yourself a bit. It was pretty tough.
Beale and his wife Maddie celebrated the arrival of their first child just weeks before the alleged assault
Beale (pictured playing for the Wallabies in 2019) was told he wouldn’t be selected for the Wallabies until he had completed his stint in rehab
‘You think as a young kid you know everything, right? You know everything. I always see it as it’s all learnings. It’s a time for growth and I found that period really helpful because it was all about reconnecting with my identity because I lost it.
‘I didn’t know who I was. When you don’t have that sense of who you are and that attachment of yourself then you lose yourself by not staying true to yourself.’
Beale was told he wouldn’t be selected for the Wallabies until he had completed his stint in rehab.
He ended up being selected in the side to compete in the British and Irish Lions series, but didn’t perform at his best and slipped while taking a crucial penalty kick.
In 2019, Beale apologised after he was filmed playing a didgeridoo next to a table with white powder on it.
In 2014, he was temporarily suspended by Australia after he sent ‘deeply offensive’ messages and images to people including Australian Rugby Union officials.
Di Patston quit her role as the Australian rugby team’s business manager over the row, which saw two separate incidents.
In the first one, Beale accidentally sent a crude text message about Patston to her.
After an emotional apology and discussion, Patston agreed to keep the incident quiet as long as Beale treated her better going forward.
Four months later, he shouted at her on a flight and she resigned, before telling the ARU about the two incidents.
After a four-hour hearing, he eventually avoided having his contract ripped up and was slapped with a $45,000 fine.
In 2017, it was revealed that Beale’s wife Maddi, then his girlfriend, reportedly had an inappropriate relationship with an AFL executive just before the couple moved overseas.
The relationship between Ms Blomberg and the AFL football operations manager is believed to have taken place just weeks before she moved to the UK with long-term partner Beale.