An assault charge against Nick Kyrgios has been dismissed by a magistrate after the star pleaded guilty to shoving his ex-girlfriend to the ground in 2021.
Kyrgios fronted ACT Magistrates Court on Friday when a bid to have the assault charge thrown out on mental health grounds was rejected.
But Magistrate Beth Campbell threw out the charge, accepting the seriousness of the matter was “low-level” and indicating Kyrgios was not a risk of reoffending.
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The world No.20 was charged over a late-night incident in January 10, 2021 when he pushed his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari to the ground during an argument outside her apartment in inner-city Canberra suburb Kingston.
The court heard Passari was standing in the doorway of an Uber vehicle preventing Kyrgios from leaving when he pushed her over.
He stood over her and remarked “seriously” while she lay on the ground.
Passari reported shoulder pain and a grazed knee.
Kyrgios had told Passari to “leave me the f*** alone” and to “just f****** piss off” while she asked him to get out of the car and to calm down.
Passari did not report the incident until 10 months later when the couple split after initially getting back together after the incident.
Kyrgios released a statement on Instagram on Friday afternoon.
“I respect today’s ruling and l’m grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction. I was not in a good place when this happened and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way I deeply regret. I know it wasn’t OK and I’m sincerely sorry for the hurt I caused,” he wrote.
“Mental health is tough. Life can seem overwhelming. But I’ve found that getting help and working on myself has allowed me to feel better and to be better.
“I can never thank Costeen, my family and friends enough for supporting me through this process. I now plan to focus on recovering from injury and moving forward in the best way possible.”
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