Rugby league journalist and TV presenter Paul Kent has been hit with a further domestic violence charge.
Paul Kent of the Daily Telegraph who also hosts NRL360 on Fox League was charged with common assault in May.
“Paul Kent has been stood down from his duties with News Corp and FOX Sports while he deals with this personal matter,” News Corp said in a statement.
Kent has been a presenter on NRL 360 since its inception in 2013. He was granted bail and will faced court later in May before a trial was set later this year.
When these initial charges came to light, it was revealed that police were called to a home in Lilyfield on Friday morning and arrested Kent and a 33-year-old woman, Nine News reported. The woman was released without charge.
He would later plead not guilty to the charges and has said that his employers support him and that he is “embarrassed” by the charges.
According to TV tonight, he said: “It’s just the rugby league soap opera, it’s the way it rolls. It’s my day in the storyline right now and that’s fine, people are entitled to their opinions.”
He added, “I don’t think my career is over.”
However, he is now having to deal with a fresh domestic violence charge according to the Daily Mail. They are reporting that he has been hit with a third domestic violence charge ahead of defending himself in a matter of weeks.
During a brief hearing on Monday, a more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm was laid.
“Can we just clarify I think a third charge has been laid since the last time we were before the court,” Mr Kent’s lawyer, Jon-Pierre Elias told the court, “Assault occasioning actual bodily harm.”
The Daily Mail would reveal that Kent has also pleaded not guilty to this offence as well as the two others brought against him in May.
According to the Mail: “The 53-year-old did not attend Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Monday, where it was confirmed he will fight the allegations at a hearing on December 11 and 12.
“The court heard the full brief of evidence was yet to be served, with Magistrate Theo Tsavdaridis ordering it to be served by December 4.”