Fashion designer Wayne Cooper pleaded not guilty to assaulting his wife and will be heard in August to challenge the charges.
The allegations against Cooper date back more than six years and he was “extremely saddened” when the charges were brought without warning.
Cooper is accused of assaulting his former model wife Sarah Marsh and has been subject to a pre-trial detention for assault.
In addition to the usual restraining orders to prevent assault, threats, stalking, intimidation, and intimidation, Cooper must not approach or contact Marsh in any way, except through an attorney.
Fashion designer Wayne Cooper pleaded not guilty to assaulting his model wife Sarah and will appear before a hearing in August to challenge the charges. Cooper is pictured with Marsh in 2011
Cooper, previously convicted of assaulting one-time model Marsh, was arrested on May 31 at his home in Myocum near Byron Bay, in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW. He is pictured outside the Waverley Local Court in 2008
The 58-year-old was previously convicted of assaulting 54-year-old Marsh in an incident at their then beachfront mansion in Sydney 14 years ago.
Cooper is now charged with two charges of domestic violence in Tamarama between 1:29 PM and 1:30 PM on December 14, 2015, and between 4:30 PM and 4:35 PM on May 15 of the following year.
He was arrested at 9:30 a.m. on May 31 at the couple’s new home in Myocum near Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
“I had no idea this was going to happen to me and I am deeply shocked and extremely upset,” he said.
Cooper was not present at Waverley Local Court in Sydney when the case was first called on June 9, but a written request was made on his behalf.
He has not pleaded guilty to either charges, which are set for a two-hour hearing at the same court on Aug. 11.
In March, Cooper and Marsh paid $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.
Cooper and Marsh sold their Tamarama home in February for $11 million, having bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $5.5 million in 2011.
The following month, they paid $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum.
“All I know is that I’ve been alone in Byron Bay for the past five weeks trying to renovate our new home,” Cooper told the newspaper. Daily Telegram on June 4.
‘This charge relates to 2015/2016 who pushed a mobile phone out of my face when I was filmed arguing about throwing a white teddy bear across our bedroom etc seven years ago.
“All I know is Sarah filed this charge last week and I was arrested in Byron and it was a complete shock to me.”
Cooper and Marsh sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in February for $11.0 million, having bought the five-bedroom house (upstairs) for $5.5 million in 2011.
In May last year, Cooper and Marsh denied rumors that they had ended their 25-year relationship after a newspaper report claimed they were “going their separate ways.”
Cooper, who has two children with Marsh, told Daily Mail Australia at the time the story was “completely made up.”
“My wife Sarah and I are currently in Byron Bay for a friend’s birthday and looking at real estate,” he said.
“We are currently in talks with our attorney about action to be taken in response to this damaging article printed on Mother’s Day.”
Cooper said of his recent arrest on assault charges that he was “extremely saddened” and “had no idea this was going to happen.” He is pictured outside the NSW Supreme Court in 2008
Who is Wayne Cooper?
British-born Cooper grew up in London’s East End and moved to Australia in 1985, where he studied fashion design at East Sydney Technical College.
He started the Brave, Wayne Cooper and Wayne labels. His clothes were once sold in two Melbourne boutiques and are now available at department stores in Myer.
Cooper’s Australian Fashion Week shows have featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Sarah O’Hare (now Murdoch) and he was a regular guest on the reality TV series Australia’s Next Top Model.
Cooper was given a two-year commitment to good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.
The charges of assault with bodily harm, stalking and harassment were dropped in Waverley Local Court.
The charges stemmed from a dispute at the couple’s Tamarama home (not the home that was recently sold) six months earlier, and Cooper initially said he would “vigorously defend all of them.”
Cooper declined to comment out of court on that occasion, but Marsh said he was pleased with the outcome.
“The truth came out, that’s what I’m here for,” she said.
The designer’s attorney, Ian McClintock SC, told the court that the relationship between Cooper and Marsh has deteriorated in recent years and they sought help.
The couple argued over money on the night of the June attack.
“The emotional temperature of the relationship went up,” McClintock said.
“Old coals were raked over and past disputes were raised.”
The attack happened when Marsh tried to prove how she claimed Cooper pushed her while on holiday in Port Douglas in far north Queensland.
Cooper was given a two-year commitment to good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery
Mr McClintock said his client showed Marsh what he believed had happened by pushing her against the chest and shoulder.
“We accept … that ultimately there was hostile intent and that there was an attack,” Mr McClintock told the court.
The court heard that Marsh had surgery a few days before the attack to have her gallbladder removed because of cancer.
Cooper tried unsuccessfully to avoid a conviction so that he could continue his regular trips to the US.
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