Sport Rugby League Hazem El Masri pleads not guilty
Updated:

Hazem El Masri pleads not guilty

el masri court
ABC
Share
Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email

Hazem El Masri’s lawyer says his client’s wife told police her allegations of domestic violence against the former Canterbury Bankstown NRL player were false.

El Masri entered a plea of not guilty in Bankstown Local Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault against his 25-year-old wife.

El Masri on domestic violence charge
NRL CEO quits the worst job in sport

The charges relate to an incident with his second wife earlier in the week.

His lawyer, Chris Murphy, told the court the complainant was a compulsive liar and had made false accusations in the past.

Mr Murphy said there would be 20 witnesses called by the defence and the complainant had admitted in a phone call to police the allegations were false.

El Masri was previously an ambassador for White Ribbon Australia, an organisation that works to prevent male violence against women.

The 39-year-old is on conditional bail. The case will return to court in February.

Comments
View Comments