Anthony Watts
Charges withdrawn

Anthony Watts will no longer have to fight an accusation of assaulting his girlfriend as police withdrew the charge in court this morning.

The former Sydney Roosters player was charged in April with assaulting his partner Shannon Kiss, occasioning actual bodily harm.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and Waverley Local Court heard previously that Kiss would not provide police with a statement or allow them to take photos of her injuries.

His lawyer Stephen Alexander told the court this morning that his client was ready for the case to proceed, but police prosecutor instructed Magistrate Robbie Williams that the charge “is to be withdrawn”.

An AVO taken out by police on Kiss’s behalf against Watts has also been withdrawn.

Mr Williams formally dismissed the case but Mr Alexander said outside court the charge still “cost [Watts] his employment.”

The 24-year-old was granted a release by the Roosters and is back playing park footy near his home on the Gold Coast.

He didn’t comment as he left court.

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