Former sports presenter denies assaulting wife in a drunken manner

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Former Nine Network star Cameron Williams has denied drunkenly assaulting his wife during a heated late-night row.

Williams, 59, appeared briefly in Singleton Local Court on Thursday after being charged following his arrest in the early hours of Sunday morning at the couple’s country retreat in NSW Hunter Valley.

Williams pleaded not guilty to one count of domestic assault and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm between 8.30pm and 12.10am in Howes Valley, 50 kilometers south-west of Singleton.

Former Nine sports presenter Cameron Williams is leaving the field.
Former Nine sports presenter Cameron Williams is leaving the field. (NBN News)

Judge Kevin Hockey adjourned the case until January 20 for an expected four-hour hearing and continued bail for the father-of-two.

Court documents revealed police decided to bail Williams after his arrest because he had no prior history of domestic violence.

“The accused (Williams) is a well-known media personality,” Cessnock Police Sergeant Paul Ireland said as he explained his reasons for releasing Williams.

“He lives in Sydney and has dependent children.

“He has no criminal convictions.

“It is highly unlikely that a custodial sentence will be imposed if the defendant is convicted of the offence.”

Ireland said the alleged offense was considered serious but was “at the lower end of the seriousness spectrum”.

Williams and his wife, Natasha Russo, 47, had been working on their rural property with two friends on Saturday before they started drinking.

Police decided to bail Williams after his arrest because he had no prior history of domestic violence.

The couple were arguing in their room later that evening when Williams allegedly grabbed his wife’s arm and pushed her.

A friend of theirs heard the couple arguing from a nearby room and called triple zero.

Police said officers arrived at the Putty Road property at around 10am.

Williams was arrested, taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged.

Police also issued an Arrested Violence Order (AVO) against Williams on Russo’s behalf before granting him conditional bail.

The conditions of the AVO included Williams being of good behavior and committing no further offences.

Williams quit his job as a sports presenter on Nine in March, claiming he had been struggling with increasingly poor health for years and wanted to address the situation for his family.

Nine denied reports that Williams had resigned after a heated exchange with Sydney news director Simon Hobbs.

After Williams’ arrest, defense attorney Paul McGirr released a statement saying the TV personality was a loving family man who was “extremely embarrassed by all of this.”

McGirr said there was much more to the story and Williams would deny any wrongdoing.

Williams and his wife have put their four-bedroom home in Coogee, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, up for sale and it will go to auction on Saturday with a guide price of $5.4 million.

Williams declined to comment outside court.

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