Television personality Ryan Phelan has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his girlfriend inside their $2 million home, in his first public appearance since the alleged incident.
Phelan, 45, is charged with attacking dance teacher girlfriend Chelsea Franklin, 44, on Saturday, June 20, a day after it was announced he had been sacked from his job with Channel Seven.
The former Daily Edition host hired one of Sydney’s top barristers, Margaret Cunneen SC, to defend him, but was represented for his first appearance at Manly Local Court by glamorous solicitor Claudette Chua.
Ms Franklin did not appear in court for Tuesday’s brief mention of the matter.
Phelan moved out of the couple’s home at Frenchs Forest, in Sydney’s north, on the day of the incident and is understood to have been living with friends.
He has only had contact with Ms Franklin over email, court documents revealed.
Outside court Ms Chua spoke on behalf of her TV star client, slamming Ms Franklin for her alleged ‘false allegations’ that she said are ‘unhelpful to women everywhere’.
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Television personality Ryan Phelan has arrived at court in his first public appearance since he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend inside their multi-million dollar home
Phelan hired one of Sydney’s top barristers, Margaret Cunneen SC, to defend him, but was represented by for his first appearance at Manly Local Court by glamorous solicitor Claudette Chua (left)
Outside court Ms Chua spoke on behalf of her TV star client, saying Phelan had been ‘cooperating with police’ and slammed Ms Franklin for her alleged ‘false allegations’.
Before entering the plea of not guilty, an exhausted looking Phelan (pictured) sat quietly inside Manly Local Court next to Ms Chua
‘Mr Phelan has been cooperating with police. He respects and understands that the police, and the courts, have an obligation to take any allegation of domestic violence very seriously,’ she said.
‘False allegations of domestic violence are extremely serious, they result in the total unacceptable victimisation of the accused person, and they also are unhelpful to women everywhere.’
Phelan is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault, while an AVO against him has been applied for by police on behalf of Ms Franklin.
Before entering the plea of not guilty, an exhausted looking Phelan sat quietly inside Manly Local Court next to Ms Chua.
His matter was adjourned and will return to Manly Local Court in August.
Phelan’s girlfriend Chelsea Franklin last week claimed the impact of Phelan’s sacking from Channel Seven on June 19 led an argument that saw her report him to police.
Ms Franklin broke down in tears last Tuesday when she spoke of Phelan being charged the previous day with attacking her in the couple’s northern beaches home.
The dance teacher told Daily Mail Australia her boyfriend’s alleged assault of her had been a ‘horrible mistake’ and repeatedly said she ‘still loves him’.
Television personality Ryan Phelan has denied physically attacking his girlfriend Chelsea Franklin the day after it was announced he had been sacked from his Channel Seven job
Phelan’s girlfriend Chelsea Franklin said the impact of his sacking from Channel Seven on June 19 led an argument that saw her report him to police. She is pictured at the couple’s home
Ms Franklin told Daily Mail Australia her 45-year-old boyfriend’s alleged assault of her on June 20 had been a ‘horrible mistake’ and said she ‘still loves him’. She is pictured leaving the home she shared with Phelan the day after he was charged
Ms Franklin, 44, said two of the couple’s daughters – both from previous relationships – were inside their Frenchs Forest home when the alleged assault occurred between 5.15pm and 5.25pm.
The incident came the day after Phelan was made redundant from his job hosting Channel Seven’s afternoon show The Daily Edition alongside Sally Obermeder.
Ms Franklin said it had been a ‘tough week’.
She had filed a complaint at the insistence of her teenage daughter, who went to the police station with her on the day of the alleged assault.
‘I’m gutted, I’m devastated, I’m shattered,’ Ms Franklin said. ‘I’ve lost my lover, I’ve lost my boyfriend – I love him.’
‘It was just a horrible mistake really, we’ve had a wonderful two-and-a-half years together, nothing like that has ever happened before.
Chelsea Franklin (pictured) has broken down in tears and told of her ‘devastation’ after her she was allegedly assaulted by her TV star boyfriend Ryan Phelan at their Frenchs Forrest home on June 20
Neighbours in the street said they had had never heard any kind of disturbance at the home
‘Obviously with what’s going on with him being made redundant and there’s a couple of other personal issues I had and he had, and I think it just took its toll.
Phelan hired top Sydney barrister Margaret Cunneen SC (pictured) to represent him, but was represented by Ms Chua on Tuesday
‘I love Ryan, he’s an amazing person… its been a tough, tough week, but he’s been an amazing person to me and I love him. It’s just a horrible mistake.’
Phelan has since moved out of the home, while his daughter is understood to now be living with her mother.
As part of his bail conditions Phelan must not assault or threaten, stalk, harass or intimidate or intentionally or recklessly destroy or damage property that belongs to Ms Franklin.
Court papers state Phelan has no history of violence and no criminal record.
Ms Franklin said she had some brief communication with her boyfriend over email on the day after the incident but did not know where he was living.
She was upset but physically all right and repeatedly said she hoped the pair could work through their issues but admitted she ‘did not know’ if Phelan felt the same.
Pictured: The $2.16million home Phelan and Franklin bought together in Frenchs Forest
Asked where Phelan was staying she said: ‘I have no idea.’
‘We had some emails yesterday. I don’t know if [the relationship] is salvageable right now but I’m sure he still loves me and it was just a horrible mistake.
‘I worry about him more than anything, I’m devastated. I didn’t want any of this to happen, I wanted it to be a private matter.
‘I haven’t slept all night. I wake up and I feel worse for him.’
Neighbours in the street said they had never heard any kind of disturbance at the couple’s home.
Two police officers attended Phelan and Ms Franklin’s home on June 23
Phelan’s bosses at Channel Seven reportedly had no idea an incident had occurred until after he worked on both The Daily Edition and 6pm news two days after the event.
Sunrise news reader Natalie Barr said on-air last Monday her former colleague would not be returning to TV screens.
‘Ryan Phelan won’t be returning to Seven,’ she said. ‘The network was unaware of the incident until notified last night.’
Phelan had gone about his job as usual on that Monday, even agreeing to fill in for sports reader Mel McLaughlin on the nightly news.
His Daily Edition co-host Obermeder addressed the incident at the start of last Tuesday’s show, admitting she had been ‘shocked’ by the allegations.
Phelan and Ms Franklin purchased their lavish Frenchs Forest home earlier this year (living room pictured)
‘Before we go on, I want to address Ryan Phelan’s absense from the program,’ she said.
‘Ryan will not be returning to The Daily Edition due to the serious allegations made against him.
‘The Network was unaware of these allegations until notified last night.
‘We were all understandably shocked by the allegations, but as the matter is now before the courts we will not be commenting further.’
Phelan and Ms Franklin began dating in April 2018, three months after his whirlwind romance with high-class escort Samantha X (real name Amanda Goff) ended.
He will be represented by solicitor Claudette Chua when he appears in court on Tuesday.
Channel 7 program The Daily Edition, which Phelan (left) hosted with Sally Obermeder, was last week axed by the network