Nick Kyrgios admitted to a charge of common assault in relation to an incident with his former partner Chiara Passari but was not found guilty. At the ACT Magistrates Court, the tennis star was accused of shoving Passari aside while trying to shut the door to an Uber.
Initially, Kyrgios claimed that the case should be dismissed due to his mental health, but this defense was dropped after it was determined that he was not suffering from depression. Despite admitting to the charge of common assault, the case was dismissed by Magistrate Beth Campbell, who ruled that no conviction should be recorded.
As per court records, the altercation between Kyrgios and Passari happened on January 10, 2021, while they were outside the apartment where Passari lived. It was reported in court that Kyrgios had summoned an Uber and got into the passenger side but was prevented from closing the door by Passari. The Uber driver refused to drive away until the door was closed.
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Nick Kyrgios pleads guilty in his domestic abuse court case.
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The court documents stated that Kyrgios told Passari to “just f***ing piss off” before pushing her with enough force that she fell to the ground and sustained a grazed knee and bruised shoulder. Kyrgios was charged with assault last year and the case was postponed until February 3 so he could undergo a mental health evaluation.
The current world number 20, Nick Kyrgios, did not appear at the hearing on October 4 because he was participating in the Japan Open. His legal team sought to have the charges dismissed on the basis of mental health but withdrew this defense after Kyrgios’ mental health was evaluated.
Kyrgios was on crutches due to recent knee surgery when he attended the court hearing after withdrawing from the Australian Open due to injury. According to his manager, Daniel Horsfall, the surgery was successful and Kyrgios’ recovery may be faster than initially anticipated.
Guilty verdict in assault case against Australian Tennis Player Nick Kyrgios dismissed by court
Nick Kyrgios, a well-known tennis player from Australia, admitted to committing common assault in a court hearing in Canberra, Australia, on Friday. However, the charge was later dismissed by the court. Nick Kyrgios, aged 27, was facing a potential prison sentence of up to two years for pushing his ex-girlfriend.
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He tried to have the charge dropped by mentioning his history of mental health problems. But after the court listened to evidence that he was not currently experiencing severe depression, he withdrew his request.
Nick Kyrgios’ lawyer then argued for the case to be dismissed, claiming that Kyrgios would face more harm than a typical defendant. The judge agreed and ultimately dropped the charge, enabling Kyrgios to leave the court without a conviction or any criminal record.