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Fashion designer Wayne Cooper is accused of assaulting his model wife Sarah Marsh

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Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has been charged with assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh weeks after the couple sold their $11 million beachfront Sydney mansion and bought a $5 million estate in Byron Bay.

Cooper, who was previously convicted of assaulting one-time model Marsh, has been charged with two counts of domestic violence.

The charges come just 12 months after Cooper angrily denied that he and Marsh had ended their 25-year relationship.

Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has been charged with assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh, just 12 months after he furiously denied they had ended their 25-year relationship. Cooper and Marsh are pictured arriving at a Myer collection launch at Sydney’s Carriageworks

Cooper, who was previously convicted of assaulting one-time model Marsh, has been charged with two counts of domestic violence.  He is pictured outside Waverley Local Court in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs in June 2008

Cooper, who was previously convicted of assaulting one-time model Marsh, has been charged with two counts of domestic violence. He is pictured outside Waverley Local Court in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in June 2008

The 58-year-old is also the subject of a temporary assault warrant issued by police to protect his 54-year-old wife.

In addition to the usual AVO terms for the prevention of sexual assault, threats, stalking, intimidation, and intimidation, Cooper must not approach or contact Marsh in any way, except through an attorney.

In May last year, Cooper and Marsh denied rumors of their split after a newspaper report claimed they were “going their separate ways.”

Cooper, who has two children with Marsh, told Daily Mail Australia at the time the story was “completely made up.”

“My wife Sarah and I are currently in Byron Bay for a friend’s birthday and looking at real estate,” said Cooper.

“We are currently in talks with our attorney about action to be taken in response to this damaging article printed on Mother’s Day.”

In March, the couple paid $5.09 million for this five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.

Cooper and Marsh sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in February for $11.050,000, having bought the five-bedroom house (upstairs) for $5.5 million in 2011.

Cooper and Marsh had sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $11.050,000 in February, having bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $5.5 million in 2011.

Who is Wayne Cooper?

British-born Cooper grew up in London’s East End and moved to Australia in 1985, where he studied fashion design at East Sydney Technical College.

He started the Brave, Wayne Cooper and Wayne labels. His clothes were once sold in two Melbourne boutiques and are now available at department stores in Myer.

Cooper’s Australian Fashion Week shows have featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Sarah O’Hare (now Murdoch) and he was a regular guest on the reality TV series Australia’s Next Top Model.

The following month, they paid $5,090,000 for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.

Cooper was given a two-year commitment to good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.

The charges of assault involving actual physical harm, stalking and harassment were dropped in Waverley Local Court.

The charges arose out of a dispute at the couple’s previous Tamarama home six months earlier, and Cooper had initially said he would “firmly defend” them all.

Cooper declined to comment out of court on that occasion, but Marsh said he was pleased with the outcome. “The truth came out, that’s what I’m here for,” she said.

The designer’s attorney, Ian McClintock SC, told the court that the relationship between Cooper and Marsh had deteriorated in recent years and that they had sought help.

The couple argued over money on the night of the June attack.

“The emotional temperature of the relationship went up,” McClintock said. “Old coals were raked over and past disputes were raised.”

Cooper is the subject of a temporary assault warrant issued by the police to protect his wife.  In addition to the usual AVO terms, Cooper may not approach or contact Marsh in any way except through an attorney.  The couple is in the picture in Sydney in 2010

Cooper is the subject of a temporary assault warrant issued by the police to protect his wife. In addition to the usual AVO terms, Cooper may not approach or contact Marsh in any way except through an attorney. The couple is in the picture in Sydney in 2010

The attack had taken place when Marsh tried to prove how she claimed Cooper pushed him while he was on holiday in Port Douglas in far north Queensland.

Mr McClintock said his client then showed Marsh what he believed had happened by pushing her against the chest and shoulder.

“We accept … that ultimately there was hostile intent and that there was an attack,” Mr McClintock told the court.

The court heard that Marsh had undergone surgery a few days before the attack to have her gallbladder removed because of cancer.

Cooper had tried unsuccessfully to avoid conviction so that he could continue his regular trips to the United States.

Cooper was given a two-year commitment to good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.  He is pictured outside the court

Cooper was given a two-year commitment to good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery. He is pictured outside the court

British-born Cooper grew up in London’s East End and moved to Australia in 1985, where he studied fashion design at East Sydney Technical College.

He started the Brave, Wayne Cooper and Wayne labels. His clothes were once sold in two Melbourne boutiques and are now available at department stores in Myer.

Cooper’s Australian Fashion Week shows have featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Sarah O’Hare (now Murdoch) and he was a regular guest on the reality TV series Australia’s Next Top Model.

He is due to appear in Waverley court next week.

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