Bach­e­lor on as­sault charge

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Sally Coates

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.

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