Ex-Channel Nine star Cameron Williams denies drunkenly assaulting his wife during a weekend away with friends at the couple’s country retreat
- Cameron Williams is challenging the charge that he assaulted his wife during an argument
- Williams, 59, appeared before the Singleton Local Court north of Sydney on Thursday
- The police admit that the charges against him are at the ‘lower end’ of the spectrum
- He is accused of grabbing wife Natasha Russo by the arm on Sunday night
Former Nine Network star Cameron Williams has denied that he drunkenly assaulted his wife during a heated late-night argument.
Williams, 59, appeared briefly in Singleton Local Court on Thursday after being charged following his early Sunday morning arrest at the couple’s rural retreat in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Williams pleaded not guilty to one count of domestic violence assault and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm between 8:30 p.m. and 12:10 a.m. in Howes Valley, 30 miles southwest of Singleton.
Magistrate Kevin Hockey adjourned the case to Jan. 20 for an expected four-hour hearing and continued bail for the father-of-two.
Television sports presenter Cameron Williams grabbed his wife’s arm during an argument over the couple’s weekend in the countryside, police allege in court. The former Channel Nine star is pictured with wife Natasha Russo
Court documents revealed that police decided to release Williams on bail after his arrest because he had no history of domestic violence.
“The accused (Williams) is a well-known figure in the media,” said Cessnock Police Sergeant Paul Ireland as he explained his reasons for bailing Williams.
“He lives in Sydney and has dependent children.
“He has no criminal convictions.
“It is very unlikely that a custodial sentence will be imposed if the suspect is convicted of the crime.”
Sergeant Ireland said the alleged offense was considered serious but was ‘on the lower end of the severity spectrum’.
Williams and his wife, Natasha Russo, 47, had been working on their rural estate with two friends last Saturday before they started drinking.
The couple argued in their room later that night when Williams reportedly grabbed his wife’s arm and shoved her.
One of their friends heard the pair arguing from a nearby room and called triple zero.
Police said officers arrived at the Putty Road property around 1am due to reports of a domestic incident.
Williams (above) and wife Natasha Russo spent Saturday with two old friends on a working bee on the couple’s property in the NSW Hunter Valley. The police were called after Williams and Ms. Russo had an altercation
Williams was arrested, taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged.
Police also issued an Arrested Violence Warrant (AVO) against Williams on behalf of Ms. Russo before granting him conditional bail.
The terms of the AVO included Williams being well-behaved and committing no further offences.
Williams quit his job as a sports presenter at Nine in March, claiming he had struggled for years with declining health and wanted to address the situation for his family.
Nine denied reports that Williams had resigned after a heated argument with Simon Hobbs, Sydney’s director of news.
Following Williams’s arrest, attorney Paul McGirr released a statement stating that the television personality was a loving family man who was “extremely embarrassed by it all.”
Mr McGirr said there was much more to it and Williams would deny any wrongdoing.
Williams and his wife have listed their four-bedroom home in Coogee, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, for sale and it will be auctioned Saturday with a target price of $5.4 million.
Williams declined to comment outside of court.