Rising NRL star Curtis Scott drove his car into a tree following a breakdown in his relationship with the athlete and social media star, a court has been told.
The 24-year-old appeared in Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court on Monday for a three-day trial after pleading not guilty to assaulting his ex-partner Ty-Leigha Clarke on multiple occasions.
Mr Scott was about to begin training with the Parramatta Eels when he was arrested in January while playing golf at Barden Ridge in Sydney’s south.
He was charged with four counts of public assault, intimidation or intimidation with intent to cause fear or bodily harm, willfully suppressing a person, causing bodily harm and willfully recklessly targeting a person.
Defense barrister Slade Howell told the court Mr Scott and Miss Clark were in a “troublesome” relationship from 2017 to March 31, 2019.
However, Ms Clarke did not make a police complaint until November 2021.
“The complainant was an athlete and social media influencer based in Brisbane and Sydney,” Mr Howell told the court.
“The accused was a professional rugby league player based in Melbourne… the relationship appears to have been somewhat turbulent.
The couple argued – both sides were fueled by immaturity and self-doubt and jealousy.
A police prosecutor told the court that Mr Scott first assaulted Ms Clarke in October 2018 when he was lying down and put his hands around her throat.
He is also accused of putting his hands around Ms Clarke’s neck and headbutting her, pushing her against the floor and wall, causing a graze on her arm.
In the year On Christmas Day 2018, Mr Scott is accused of pushing his then girlfriend “in the chest” several times.
The following morning, prosecutors told the court Mr Scott entered Ms Clarke’s bedroom, placed himself on top of her and strangled her with the collar of her pyjamas.
During a holiday to Lake Conjola, Mr Scott is alleged to have bitten Ms Clarke on the shoulder, causing her to fall.
Mr Scott is accused of insulting his ex-girlfriend on the phone while in Victoria before telling her: “I’m going to kill you, c**t”.
Mr Slade said the couple had not argued on each of the occasions his client was accused of physically assaulting Ms Clarke.
During the interview on March 21, Mr Slade told the court that following the breakdown in the relationship, Mr Scott “drove the car into a tree”.
“He was on the phone with the complainant prior to the incident,” Mr Slade told the court.
“In any of the arguments that occurred during the relationship, the defendant allegedly physically assaulted her, strangled her or threatened to kill her.
“He never did these things.”
Mr Slade said the prosecution was “reluctant” to prove the allegations were made beyond reasonable doubt and that Ms Clarke’s “credibility” would be an issue.
An Arrested Violence Order (AVO) application was made by NSW Police on behalf of Ms Clarke.
Sutherland Shire Police began investigating Mr Scott in November.
The woman involved is believed to have lodged a complaint with NSW Police and the NRL against the controversial star.
Mr Scott has had a controversial career with both the Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders having his contracts scrapped after a series of off-field incidents.
In the year In late 2021, he announced that he was following Alcoholics Anonymous and seeing a psychologist.
In the year He was part of the Storm’s premiership-winning team that beat the North Queensland Cowboys in 2017.
He also played in the grand final loss to Melbourne the following year.