Wallabies star Kurtley Beale is arrested over an alleged sexual assault in the toilets of a Bondi pub – just weeks after he and his wife welcomed their first child
- Kurtley Beale, 34, was arrested in Sydney over an alleged sexual assault
- The Wallabies star, who has 95 caps, is currently being questioned by cops
- Woman, 28, was allegedly assaulted in a Bondi pub toilet in December
Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been arrested over the alleged sexual assault of a woman at a pub in Bondi.
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 shortly afterwards.
Beale, 34, who has 95 caps for the Wallabies, is currently being questioned at Waverley Police Station in Sydney.
He is believed to have been arrested while driving through the suburb of Kingsford on Friday afternoon.
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.
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Kurtley Beale, 34, who has 95 caps for the Wallabies and whose wife Maddie recently gave birth, is currently being questioned at Waverley Police Station in Sydney
Beale was recently named in the extended Wallabies training squad for the upcoming World Cup
In December, Beale lifted the lid on his struggles with alcohol.
He revealed how he checked himself into rehab after a low 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 33-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 (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.
After a four-hour hearing, he eventually avoided having his contract ripped up and was slapped with a $45,000 fine.