Former NRL star fronts court on domestic violence charges

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.


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.