Manly winger charged for two offences, ones that the club and player refute

David Williams

It has the potential to be another incident that will cause a problem for the NRL, with Manly Sea Eagles winger David Williams charged with affray and offensive behaviour after an incident at a Kings Cross nightclub back in May.

It was at the Sapphire Lounge where the alleged incident took place, with a 29-year old Rockdale resident making the complaint and with CCTV footage, the complainant has also been charged with the same offences as Williams.

Williams was not alone, with team-mate Justin Horo and assistant coach Andrew Johns also at the nightclub, though neither are deemed to have done anything untoward.

“A man has been charged following an investigation following an alleged assault outside a Kings Cross nightclub earlier this year,” according to a police statement.

“On Monday 27th of May, a man attended his local police station to report that he’d been assaulted in the early hours of that morning outside a club on Kellett St. Police from the Kings Cross command were alerted and commenced enquiries into the incident. It’s alleged a 29 year old Rockdale man was involved in a physical altercation with two men after both groups were ejected separately from the club.

“Following investigations, a 26 year facts about electronic cigarettes old man was yesterday issued a court attendance notice for the offences of affray and offensive behaviour.”

Kings Cross crime manager Detective Acting Inspector Gavin Bradbury said that the fight escalated to the point where Williams and the complainant had to be separated.

“It was a group involved in a fight at Sapphire Lounge,” Inspector Bradbury said.

“It was two of them involved in an altercation but security have done their best to diffuse the situation. Andrew Johns was there at the time but he was merely a witness.”

Williams will face the Downing Centre Local Court on August 13.

Made aware of the alleged incident, Manly have released a statement of their own defending their player, with the player denying any wrongdoing and the club conducting an investigation of their own to go with one being conducted by the NRL’s Integrity Unit.

The club has today been made aware of charges laid against Sea Eagles player David Williams,” a Manly club statement said.

“The NRL Integrity Unit has been advised of the matter and Manly will also conduct its own internal inquiries.

David denies any wrongdoing and will vigorously defend the charges.

The club will not be making further comment at this time.”

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