NRL star Brandon Smith admits they LIED to police when investigating Curtis Scott over alleged abuse

NRL star Brandon Smith admits they LIED to police when investigating Curtis Scott over alleged abuse

Footy star Brandon Smith admits he LIED to police when they investigated his ex-Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott for allegedly assaulting a woman

  • NRL star Brandon Smith lied to police during the Curtis Scott investigation
  • Smith told the Sydney Downing Center he felt the police investigation was “anti-Curtis”
  • Scott, 24, is accused of assaulting a woman
  • Scott denies allegations that he was physically and verbally abusive

NRL star Brandon Smith has admitted he lied to police after they launched an investigation into allegations his former Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott assaulted a woman.

Speaking via video link at Sydney’s Downing Center on Thursday, Smith, 26, also branded the suggestion that Scott smashed furniture with a baseball bat “ridiculous”.

Scott knew the woman when he shared a house with Smith and fellow Melbourne teammates Scott Drinkwater and Brodie Croft. Scott has denied allegations that he was physically and verbally abusive towards her.

The 24-year-old is charged with four counts of assault, stalking or intimidation with the intent to cause fear or physical harm, intentionally strangling a person without consent, two counts of violence resulting in actual bodily harm and intentionally choking a person with recklessness.

He has pleaded guilty.

NRL star Brandon Smith has admitted he lied to police after they launched an investigation into allegations his former Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott assaulted a woman

NRL star Brandon Smith has admitted he lied to police after they launched an investigation into allegations his former Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott assaulted a woman

Smith denied the claim that his former team-mate had previously used a baseball bat to smash furniture in their Balwyn share house in a fit of rage.

He said the claim was “ridiculous”.

“I would have at least done something about it if that was the case,” he said. “It just doesn’t ring true.”

Smith also revealed that he refused to sign a statement taken from him by the police because the questions put to him were, in his view, “anti-Curtis”.

He then admitted he lied to police about signing the statement because he was under pressure to do so from his long-term girlfriend Savannah Syred at the time.

“I didn’t sign it because I didn’t like what was in there. I thought some of it wasn’t true. I thought some of the questions were anti-Curtis, he told the court.

Scott faces charges including four counts of common assault and stalking or intimidating with intent to cause fear or physical harm

Scott faces charges including four counts of common assault and stalking or intimidating with intent to cause fear or physical harm

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his NRL career remains in limbo following his arrest

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his NRL career remains in limbo following his arrest

In parts of the unsigned statement read to the court, Smith admitted to seeing Scott verbally argue with the woman – but pointed out he never saw any physical escalation.

Police prosecutor Rebecca Beecroft told the court that Smith deliberately did not give evidence because he “doesn’t want to be seen as someone who goes against his team-mates”.

“His reputation can be quite damaged in a team environment for ‘dogging’ a teammate,” she said.

Beecroft then asked Smith if his role as an NRL player was to be an “upstanding member of the community” – and report any incidents of domestic violence.

Smith replied that he would speak up regardless of whether Curtis allegedly “hits girls”.

The former Storm and Raiders star was due to play for the Parramatta Eels this season but his contract was not ratified by the NRL following his arrest.

In another incident on 27 January 2020, Scott was arrested by police who found him sleeping under a tree in Moore Park, on the edge of Sydney’s CBD.

He was flogged and pepper-sprayed while still on the ground and then taken to Sydney Police Centre, where he was charged with six offenses including two counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of his duty and behaving in an offensive or indecent manner.

Five of the charges were later dropped by police after bodycam footage showed Scott sleeping and not resisting arrest.

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