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Former Nine Network star Cameron Williams has denied assaulting his wife while inebriated during a heated late-night argument.
Williams pleaded not guilty to one count of assault for domestic violence and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm between 8:30 p.m. and 12:10 a.m. in Howes Valley, 50 miles southwest of Singleton.
Magistrate Kevin Hockey adjourned the case to January 20 for a scheduled four-hour hearing and upheld the father-of-two’s bond.
Court documents revealed that police decided to release Williams after his arrest because he had no history of domestic violence.
“The defendant (Williams) is a well-known personality in the media,” said Cessnock Police Sergeant Paul Ireland, detailing his reasons for bailing out Williams.
“He resides in Sydney and has dependent children.
“He has no criminal convictions.
“It is highly unlikely that a custodial sentence will be handed down if the defendant is found guilty of the offence.”
Ireland said the alleged breach was considered serious, but was “at the lower end of the seriousness spectrum”.
Williams and his wife, Natasha Russo, 47, were working on their rural property with two friends last Saturday before they started drinking.
The couple argued in their bedroom later that night when Williams allegedly grabbed his wife’s arm and pushed her.
A friend of theirs overheard the couple arguing from an adjoining room and called triple zero.
Police said officers arrived at the Putty Road property around 1am following reports of a domestic incident.
Williams was arrested, taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged.
Police also took out an apprehended violence order (AVO) against Williams in Russo’s name before granting him parole.
The AVO terms called for Williams to be on good behavior and not commit any other violations.
Williams quit his job as a sportscaster at Nine in March, saying he had struggled for years with increasingly poor health and wanted to fix the situation for his family.
Nine denied reports that Williams quit after a heated exchange with Sydney chief information officer Simon Hobbs.
Following Williams’ arrest, defense attorney Paul McGirr released a statement saying the TV personality was a loving family man who was “extremely embarrassed by it all.”
McGirr said there was a lot more to the story and that Williams would deny any wrongdoing.
Williams and his wife have listed their four-bedroom home in Coogee, Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and it will go up for auction on Saturday with an indicative price of $5.4million.
Williams declined to comment outside of court.
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Former sports presenter denies drunkenly assaulting wife
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