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Simone Holtznagel stalking charge: Fan denies following Playboy model

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Fan denies stalking Playboy model as police claim he was ‘obsessed’ with reality TV star and followed her to events for nearly four months

  • A man has been accused of stalking an Australian model and TV personality
  • Simone Holtznagel was reportedly followed by the 58-year-old for four months
  • The glamorous 29-year-old is one of the most famous models in the country
  • Benjamin Reeves did not appear in court where the lawyer made an innocent plea

A fan has pleaded not guilty to stalking international model and reality TV personality Simone Holtznagel for nearly four months in eastern Sydney.

Benjamin Reeves, 58, failed to appear in Waverley Local Court on Thursday after he was charged with stalking the Playboy model with the intent of causing her fear of physical or mental harm.

Police allege the McMahons Point resident became obsessed with the 29-year-old model and repeatedly appeared uninvited at events she attended.

Simone Holtznagel (pictured) starred in Australia’s Next Top Model and SAS Australia

The 29-year-old (pictured) is one of the country's top models with international campaigns

The 29-year-old (pictured) is one of the country’s top models with international campaigns

According to police, the 58-year-old man stalked Ms. Holtznagel for nearly four months from early April to late July.

He allegedly followed her to multiple locations and intimidated her.

Police say most of the stalking took place around Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Agents of the Eastern Suburbs contingent arrested Reeves a month ago at his home on Sydney’s north coast.

He was taken to Chatswood Police Station that afternoon and charged with stalking.

According to the police, Ms. Holtznagel did not know her alleged stalker.

Although Reeves was banned from appearing in court on Thursday morning, his attorney entered a plea of ​​no-fault on his behalf.

Magistrate Ross Hudson ordered a brief presentation of evidence to the defense in preparation for a hearing.

The case will go to court in October to set a date for Mr Reeves to fight the stalking allegation.

Police have applied for an arrest warrant to protect Ms Holtznagel, who will also be heard when the case returns to Waverley Court.

The order prohibits Reeves from approaching, contacting or harming the high-profile model.

Ms. Holtznagel has become a household name in Australia since she was a finalist in Australia’s Next Top Model in 2011.

Ms. Holtznagel recently went public with her relationship with celebrity trainer boyfriend Jono Castano (pictured)

Ms. Holtznagel recently went public with her relationship with celebrity trainer boyfriend Jono Castano (pictured)

She appeared in campaigns for beloved brands such as Guess Jeans, Bras N Things and Honey Birdette and was known as a model for Playboy in the United States.

The busty blonde has also graced Australian TV screens with a stint on I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here! and a recent grueling effort on SAS Australia.

Last month, Ms. Holtznagel confirmed that she had moved in with her well-known personal trainer boyfriend Jono Castano.

Ms Holtznagel appeared on SAS Australia earlier this year. Photo: Channel 7/Remco Jansen

Ms Holtznagel appeared on SAS Australia earlier this year. Photo: Channel 7/Remco Jansen

She wrote: ‘If you’ve never lived with a guy and now live with your fifaboyfriend@jonocastanoacero, referring to Jono playing FIFA football with a friend on the couch amid raucous laughter.

The couple had reportedly been dating since early 2022, but initially kept their romance a secret.

They went public in May when they kissed passionately at Mimi’s restaurant in Coogee.

The pair met several years ago when she was one of the trainer’s most prominent clients, although he was previously married to business partner Amy Castano.

Her sister Madeline Holtznagel is also a fixture on the Sydney scene.

She is dating hospitality baron Justin Hemmes, who is currently embroiled in his own legal battle over alleged wage theft at his Merivale locations.

Sisters Madeline Holtznagel and Simone Holtznagel are both well-known personalities.

Sisters Madeline Holtznagel and Simone Holtznagel are both well-known personalities.

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