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'False allegations': TV presenter Phelan pleads not guilty to assault


Former Seven Network TV presenter Ryan Phelan has pleaded not guilty to two assault charges, with his lawyer saying false allegations of domestic violence are “unhelpful for women everywhere”.

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Phelan appeared at Manly Local Court on Tuesday and legal representative Claudette Chua told reporters her client had cooperated with police.

“The allegation against our client is emphatically denied,” Ms Chua said.

“He respects and understands that police and the courts have an obligation to take any allegation of domestic violence very seriously.

“False allegations of domestic violence are extremely serious.

“They result in the totally unacceptable victimisation of the accused person and they also are unhelpful for women everywhere.”

Phelan, 45, who is on conditional police bail, did not comment.

He will next face court on August 11.

The ex-frontman of Seven’s The Daily Edition afternoon TV show was last week charged with allegedly assaulting his partner at their Frenchs Forest home in Sydney’s north.

The TV program was on Friday discontinued.

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