The high-profile rugby union player Kurtley beale has been released on bail by a Sydney court after being charged with alleged sexual assault.
The 34-year-old Wallabies winger was ordered on Saturday to surrender his passport, not to contact witnesses and to report to police daily after appearing before Parramatta local court.
beale was arrested and detained Friday over an alleged incident in eastern Sydney on December 17 last year.
He faces four charges, including sexual intercourse without consent, solicitation of sexual contact without consent, and two counts of sexually touching another person without consent.
The Australia international has been suspended from all rugby activities with immediate effect.
The charges came after police received a report that a 28-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted at a licensed property on Beach Road, Bondi Beach.
beale was arrested just before 2.30pm on Friday at a vehicle stop in Kingsford before being taken to Waverley Police Station for questioning.
Rugby Australia reports this in a statement beale was suspended pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings.
“This move follows Mr Beale’s arrest and subsequent charge of serious criminal offenses and is in line with Rugby Australia’s Code of Conduct for Professional Players,” the post said.
Just got back from training camp
bealewho has made 95 appearances for his country, took part in a 44-man Wallabies training camp on the Gold Coast last week.
He recently returned to Australia ahead of the Super Rugby season for the NSW Waratahs after playing in France for several years.
bealewho hails from NSW has spent most of his decade-plus career with the Waratahs apart from a brief stint with the Melbourne Rebels.
He must appear in court again in March.
Beale’s arrest and charges have been a rough welcome for new Wallabies coach Eddie Jones.
Long admired by Jones for his flair on the pitch and his way of playing, Beale ranks as one of Australia’s most gifted rugby backs.
His suspension “follows Mr Beale’s arrest and subsequent charge of serious criminal offences, and is in line with Rugby Australia’s code of conduct for professional players,” said a statement from RA and Beale’s Super Rugby club, the NSW Waratahs. .
“As this remains a legal matter, no further comment will be made until this process is completed.”
Charging beale is just days after Jones’ second stint as Australia national coach was announced and the week after the gifted playmaker took part in a 44-man Wallabies training camp on the Gold Coast.
It was expected that the Mercurial bealeCapped 95 times by the Wallabies, could take on a new life under Jones after being left out of Dave Rennie’s team for the spring tour to Europe.
beale last year he returned to Australia after a spell at French club Racing 92, and in October he and his wife Maddi celebrated the birth of their first son.
“Kurtley is the most wonderfully gifted player. He does things other players don’t even dream of,” said Jones, who has long praised the veteran’s unique gifts.
“He has the ability to make that big play. He just adds that extra dimension that you don’t know where he’s going to show up on offense, you don’t know what he’s going to do and he does it with skill, he does it with pace , he does it with precision and a smile on his face.”
But Beale’s brilliance on the field was also often accompanied by off-field controversies and a long battle with alcoholism.