Fashion designer Wayne Cooper says he is “deeply shocked” after he was accused of assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh and getting him a restraining order.
Cooper, previously convicted of assaulting one-time model Marsh, was arrested on May 31 at his home in Myocum near Byron Bay, in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW.
He was charged with two counts of domestic violence related to habitual assault and a provisional arrest for assault was issued against him.
Cooper said he was “extremely upset” and “had no idea this was going to happen.”
Fashion designer Wayne Cooper is ‘deeply shocked’ after he was accused of assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh and imposing a restraining order.
Cooper, previously convicted of assaulting one-time model Marsh, was arrested on May 31 at his home in Myocum near Byron Bay, in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW (photo, Cooper outside Waverley Court in Sydney in 2008)
“All I know is that I’ve been alone in Byron Bay for the past five weeks trying to renovate our new home,” Cooper said. Sunday confidential†
‘This charge relates to 2015/2016 who pushed a mobile phone out of my face when I was filmed arguing about throwing a white teddy bear across our bedroom etc seven years ago.
“All I know is Sarah filed this charge last week and I was arrested in Byron and it was a complete shock to me.”
In addition to the usual restraining orders to prevent assault, threats, stalking, intimidation, and intimidation, Cooper must not approach or contact Marsh in any way, except through an attorney.
Cooper and Marsh denied rumors of their split last May after a newspaper report claimed they were “going their separate ways.”
The following month, Cooper and Marsh paid $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.
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,” he said.
“We are currently in talks with our attorney about action to be taken in response to this damaging article printed on Mother’s Day.”
Cooper and Marsh sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in February for $11 million, having bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $5.5 million in 2011.
Cooper said he was ‘extremely upset’ and ‘had no idea this was going to happen’
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 $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.
Cooper was placed on a two-year bond in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.
The charges of assault with bodily 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 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 has deteriorated in recent years and they sought help.
The couple argued over money on the night of the June attack.
“The emotional temperature of the relationship went up,” said Mr. McClintock.
“Old coals were raked over and past disputes were raised.”
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 attack happened when Marsh tried to demonstrate how she claimed Cooper pushed her while on holiday in Port Douglas in far north Queensland.
Mr McClintock said his client 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 surgery a few days before the attack to have her gallbladder removed because of cancer.
Cooper tried unsuccessfully to avoid a conviction so that he could continue his regular trips to the US.