Channel Nine TV presenter Cameron Williams appears in court

Turnaround in the Channel Nine ex-star’s court battle over alleged assault on his wife after a night of drinking as he tries to drop the case

  • Cameron Williams, 59, appeared in court Friday on charges of assault
  • The ex-Channel 9 presenter is said to have attacked his wife Natasha
  • He had been a presenter for 9 for 16 years before suddenly resigning

Former Channel 9 sports presenter Cameron Williams has asked the court to dismiss an assault charge related to poor mental health, a court has heard.

The 59-year-old appeared at Singleton Magistrates’ Court on Friday after pleading not guilty to charges of assault and assault.

The court heard the more serious assault charge was withdrawn by prosecutors after successful negotiations between prosecutors and the defense at 11am Thursday night.

Police allege he assaulted his wife Natasha Russo between 8.30am and just after midnight on November 19 last year at a property on Putty Road in the Howes Valley.

Former Channel 9 sports presenter Cameron Williams is said to have assaulted his wife Natasha Russo

Former Channel 9 sports presenter Cameron Williams is said to have assaulted his wife Natasha Russo

According to police, the couple had been drinking alcohol that night when they got into an argument at their Hunter Valley home.

Mr Williams is said to have grabbed his wife’s arm and pushed her before police were called to the property just before 1am on November 20.

On Friday, the court heard Mr Williams would move that the remaining charges of joint assault be dismissed under the Mental Health Act.

His attorney, Paul McGirr, submitted psychological reports to the court to support the submission.

Mr Williams was due to face the charges in a four-hour hearing on Friday before the last-minute mental health request was filed.

Mr Williams is said to have grabbed his wife's arm and pushed her before police were called to the property just before 1am on November 20

Mr Williams is said to have grabbed his wife’s arm and pushed her before police were called to the property just before 1am on November 20

If the motion is unsuccessful, Mr McGirr told the court his client would plead guilty to the assault charge.

The court appearance comes less than a year after Mr Williams stepped down from his role as a sports presenter for Channel 9.

He had been a presenter at the station for more than 16 years when he announced his shock retirement in March 2022.

At the time, the 59-year-old said he was stepping down from work to focus on his health and family.

Following the alleged altercation, the former sports presenter was granted bail to live in Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, abiding by the terms of an established violent injunction.

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Bradford Betz

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