NRL star Brandon Smith has admitted lying to police as they investigated Curtis Scott over alleged assault

Footy star Brandon Smith has admitted lying to police as they investigated former Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott over alleged assaults on a woman

  • NRL star Brandon Smith lied to police during 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 of physical and verbal abuse

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

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

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

The 24-year-old faces four counts of common assault, stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear or bodily harm, willfully drowning a person without consent, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and willfully recklessly drowning a person.

He has pleaded not guilty.

NRL star Brandon Smith has admitted lying to police as they investigated Curtis Scott over alleged assault

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

Smith rejected the claim his former team-mate had previously used a baseball bat to smash furniture at their shared home in Balwyn in a fit of rage.

He said the claim was “ridiculous”.

“At least I would have done something about it if that had happened,” he said. “It just sounds like it’s not true.”

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

He later admitted he lied to police about signing the statement because he was being pressured to do so by his longtime 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 against Curtis,” he told the court.

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

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

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

Police prosecutor Rebecca Beecroft told the court Smith was deliberately not giving evidence as he “doesn’t want to be seen as someone who turns against his team-mates”.

“His reputation could be pretty damaged in a team environment because he ‘dogged’ a teammate,” he said.

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

Smith responded that he would speak regardless if Curtis was allegedly “hitting girls.”

The former Storm and Raiders star was due to play for the Parramatta Eels this season but his contract was not upheld 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 outskirts of Sydney’s CBD.

He was tasered and pepper sprayed while still on the ground and then taken to Sydney Police Station where he was charged with six offences, including two counts of assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty and behaving in an offensive or obscene manner.

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

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