FORMER Canterbury Bulldogs star Hazem El-Masri has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges levelled against him in a Sydney court on Thursday.
The 39-year-old was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault following an alleged incident involving his 25-year-old wife, Douah El-Cherif, in their home.
El-Cherif has also taken an AVO out against her husband.
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El Masri, who was dumped from ambassador roles with White Ribbon, the NRL and the Bulldogs following the charges, arrived at Bankstown Local Court this morning along with high-profile criminal lawyer Chris Murphy.
Mr Murphy said that El-Masri’s wife was a “compulsive liar” and that the complaint was a “prank call”.
He also said the “hysterical and false” accusations were damaging the former Bulldogs star’s reputation.
The matter was adjourned for a hearing on February 1 next year with El Masri’s bail conditions continuing.