Bachelor on assault charge
ONE of Tweed’s newest reality stars – who runs a charity helping victims of abuse – is facing an assault charge.
Damien Gilbert Rider, 42, one of the bachelors vying for Bachelorette Ali Oetjen’s heart on this season of The
Bachelorette, is due in court on Monday on charges of assault and trespass.
On July 21, the Casuarina man allegedly tried to jump a fence at the Byron Bay music festival Splendour in the Grass. Police are alleging the incident occurred about 10.45pm and that Mr Rider assaulted a security guard, Christopher Yousif, threatened him with a plank of wood and kicked him, before he was arrested.
He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse. He faced Byron Bay Local Court on September 11, but his case was adjourned until October 15 while he sought legal advice. Speaking ahead of the Bachelorette premiere, Mr Rider refused to comment on the charges.
“No, I can’t (comment),” he said. Mr Rider has already featured on Channel 10’s fourth season of The
Bachelorette, starring 31-year-old Ali Oetjen.
Mr Rider has also been public about his history as a victim of child abuse.
His charity, The Rider Foundation, is aimed at helping survivors of abuse.
In a Founders Story’ section, Mr Rider says he is now a voice for people affected by abuse.
HOT WATER: Damien Rider is facing assault charges.