Kurtley Beale trial: rugby star found not guilty of sexually assaulting woman in Bondi pub
2024/02/09

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Rugby star Kurtley Beale has been acquitted of charges of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual touching without consent. The jury delivered their verdicts after two hours of deliberation, finding Beale not guilty on all charges. Beale's wife was emotional as the verdicts were read, while Beale himself appeared relieved. His lawyer confirmed that Beale would be applying for costs. The charges were filed in January 2023 after a woman claimed that Beale had touched her buttocks and forced her to engage in oral sex in a public bathroom. However, the jury rejected her account of the events. Beale had not testified in court, and the judge instructed the jury not to draw any conclusions from his decision. The jury was also told to consider Beale a person of good character, as he had not been previously accused of any crimes. The woman's varying accounts and inconsistencies in her statements were closely analyzed throughout the trial. Beale's lawyer argued that the woman was telling people what she thought they wanted to hear, while the prosecution claimed that Beale engaged in sexual activity with her against her wishes.

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