NRL player Curtis Scott pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

Not registered LNR Player Curtis Scott has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges as a court heard his ex-girlfriend and accuser moved down the same street as his current partner.

The 24-year-old appeared in local court in Sutherland today for the first time since being charged with eight offenses last week.

Allegations of suffocation and assault have been made by Australian three-time jumper Tay-Leiha Clark, who dated Scott while playing for the Melbourne Storm in 2018.

Curtis Scott appeared in court today on the charges against him. (Getty)

Scott will defend each count, with the case set for a three-day hearing in which up to 10 witnesses will testify.

Her attorney, Sam Macedone, told the court that an issue had arisen with a condition of the Interim Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) that states that Scott cannot come within 50 yards of Ms Clark.

The athlete and his family have moved to the same Miranda Street as Scott’s current girlfriend and he has to walk past his ex’s house to get to the oval where he trains.

NRL player Curtis Scott pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges.
Scott has pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charges. (9News)

“My client says he erased this person from his memory, from his phone… he doesn’t even intend to look at the place,” Macedone remarked.

The magistrate agreed to shorten the exclusion zone from 50 to 15 meters, rather than ordering him to take an alternative route.

Outside of court, Mr Macedone has expressed frustration with the NRL for halting his client’s trial with the Parramatta Eels until the case is finalized.

NRL player Curtis Scott pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges.
Scott’s attorney expressed his frustration outside of court. (9News)

“Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence… it affects his entire career,” Mr Macedone said.

“He can’t play football, he can’t train, he can’t register.”

Scott is in rehabilitation for alcohol problems and will start a new job tomorrow.

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