Lawyers representing Olympic boxer Harry Garside have told a court there is video footage which shows his ex as the aggressor as he faces court charged with assaulting her.
The 25-year-old was arrested at Sydney Airport earlier this month as he flew home from South Africa following filming of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
NSW Police arrested the boxer, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, as he made his way to baggage claim and charged him with a domestic violence charge of common assault against his former partner.
According to court documents, Mr Garside allegedly assaulted his former partner Ashley Ruscoe between 4pm and 7pm on March 1 at Bellevue Hill.
Mr Garside fronted Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday alongside high-profile defamation barrister Sue Chrysanthou and solicitor Rebekah Giles.
He sat in the front row of the public gallery next to Ms Giles as his matter was mentioned.
Ms Chrysanthou told the court she had made “substantial representations” to police in relation to additional material which police didn’t have access to.
“In particular a video of the incident in question which we say shows the complainant as the aggressor,” Ms Chrysanthou said.
Harry Garside arriving at court on Wednesday with barrister Sue Chrysanthou. Picture : NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardGarside was arrested at the airport after filming I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Final three contestants pictured. (L-R) Aesha Scott, Harry Garside and Liz Ellis
“Other material where she has made threats about going to police to make fake complaints.”
The matter was adjourned for two weeks, when the brief of evidence is expected to be served.
Neither Mr Garside or his lawyers answered questions to media outside court.
Mr Garside revealed he was not longer in a relationship with Ms Ruscoe, who appeared as a contestant on The Amazing Race in 2019, during his time on I’m a Celebrity.
He was dating the boxing and martial arts instructor for more than 18 months, often being snapped by paparazzi together.
But when talking to fellow campmates, Mr Garside said he was thinking of staying single for a while.
Boxer Harry Garside is seen with his lawyers Rebekah Giles (left) and Sue Chrysanthou (right). Picture : NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardAshley Ruscoe was a contestant on The Amazing Race in 2019. Picture: Supplied
Ms Ruscoe is nine years older than Mr Garside, with the pair attending the GQ awards together in November.
The 33-year-old began dating the Olympic boxer after she split from her boyfriend and teammate on The Amazing Race, Sidney Pierucci in 2019.
Mr Garside’s court mention comes just a day after Mr Garside’s mother went into surgery for cancer.
“All the best today mum, hopefully the last surgery then the rebuild,” he wrote in an Instagram story on Tuesday.
The charge comes after an investigation into an alleged domestic violence-related incident at Bellevue Hill on March 1.
Mr Garside was granted conditional bail and the matter will return to court on June 7.
Ms Chrysanthou (right) told the court she had made “substantial representations” to police about a video of the incident in question. Picture : NCA Newswire / Gaye Gerard
The boxer had snapped a picture of he and his father before their flight out of South Africa, and uploaded it to Instagram.
“Had to upgrade my best mate to business with me. His first time flying business,” he wrote on the post.
The pair had been overseas for several weeks while Mr Garside filmed for the Channel 10 reality show which was won by netballer Liz Ellis.
Mr Garside won bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s lightweight boxing, and has won seven Australian national boxing championships.