I’m a Celeb star breaks silence over arrest
Charged boxer and I’m a Celebrity star Harry Garside has broken his silence after his arrest at Sydney airport.
Mr Garside was charged with common assault (domestic violence) after being arrested on arrival from Johannesburg on Tuesday after appearing on Channel 10’s I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
“The conduct of police in the presence of the media at Sydney International Airport yesterday took me completely by surprise,” he said in a statement.
“I categorically deny the allegations of violence and dispute the account given to police.
“I have nothing to hide and will defend myself against this charge.
“The police have not been provided with all of the facts and I am confident that my reputation will be vindicated through the legal process.
“Because the matter is before the courts, I won’t be saying anything further.”
The 25-year-old was granted conditional bail and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on May 24.
Garside did not appear to have expected the arrest on his return to Australia, posting a photo with his father from their Qantas business class seats while boarding their flight home from South Africa.
“Had to upgrade my best mate to business with me,” he wrote.
“His first time flying business. Money comes and goes, memories with loved ones last forever (black heart emoji). What an experience it has been. Something I will truly never forget, friendships that will last a lifetime. Massive thank you to everyone who supported me, can’t believe I made it that far into the show. Can’t wait to touch down in the best country on earth again. Bring on the journey to Paris 2024.”
Garside won bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s lightweight division and has won seven Australian national boxing championships.
He was the runner-up on the hit show I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, placing second after netballer Liz Ellis.