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Rugby star Beale ‘couldn’t stand up’ during alleged sexual assault of woman

A woman aired allegations she was assaulted by rugby star Kurtley Beale with her fiance’s family on a trip intended for wedding-dress shopping, a court has heard.

Feb 05, 2024, updated Feb 05, 2024
Kurtley Beale arrives at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney,. (AAP Image/Max Mason-Hubers)

Kurtley Beale arrives at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney,. (AAP Image/Max Mason-Hubers)

Beale, 35, is facing one count of sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of sexual touching in the NSW District Court, following the alleged incident at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel in December, 2022.

The woman alleges Beale touched her backside and forced her to perform oral sex in the toilet cubicle, claiming later he was “extremely pissed” and likely would not remember the incident.

The former Wallabies playmaker has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The woman said she didn’t tell her fiance who was in a different section of the pub at the time and also “very drunk” for fears he would “end up in the police station”, the court heard.

During a second week of hearings, the trial on Monday heard from the woman’s future mother-in-law, who she visited in Queensland to shop for wedding dresses the morning after the alleged assault.

While being driven to report the incident to police, the alleged victim said Beale forcibly put his penis in her mouth.

“Why didn’t you bite the f***ing thing?” the mother-in-law said she replied.

The woman told the mother-in-law that Beale was highly intoxicated during and in the lead-up to the alleged assault.

“He was extremely pissed,” the woman reportedly said.

“He could hardly stand up and he was pinching me on the arse all night.”

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Last week, the court heard four gruelling days of testimony from the woman, who was cross-examined at length by Beale’s lawyer Margaret Cunneen SC.

Ms Cunneen suggested the woman had concocted the rape allegation to gain sympathy from her fiance and save her impending marriage when the couple’s relationship was strained.

“You have made this up for your own purposes to save the proposed marriage that you had been anticipating so excitedly,” she said.

Ms Cunneen further suggested the woman invited Beale to the bathroom and willingly engaged in oral sex with him.

But the complainant denied her contact with Beale was consensual and that she had been flirtatious with him before the alleged assault.

The trial is set to continue until at least the end of the week.

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