Former 'Neighbours' star Scott McGregor accused of sexual assault during night out
Scott McGregor, who portrayed detective Mark Brennan on the iconic Aussie soap from 2013 to 2020, was charged with one count of sexual assault last week
The 41-year-old actor, who portrayed detective Mark Brennan on the iconic Aussie soap from 2013 to 2020, was charged with one count of sexual assault last week, the Herald Sun reported. The alleged incident is said to have taken place at St Kilda's Hotel Esplanade, known by locals as the 'Espy', at about 8 pm on Sunday, February 20. Not much information about the incident has been released by the authorities.
As per the court documents, the actor and model is scheduled to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court in January 2023. Apart from appearing in 940 episodes of ‘Neighbours’, McGregor has exhibited his acting skills in a number of daily soaps including 'Underbelly', 'Offspring', and 'Winners & Losers'. Talking about his personal life, the Australian television star shares two children with his wife of three years Bianka Voigt and lives in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Brighton East. The actor is an avid social media user and keeps sharing photos of his enviable lifestyle, including trips to the beach with his young family, golf days, and home renovations.
However, this is not the first legal dispute that McGregor has been involved in. In 2019, McGregor became the victim of a glassing incident after an exotic dancer, identified as Danielle 'Ivy' Lee, attacked him with a glass 'in a fit of rage'. The glass smashed into his face at the Hollywood Showgirls club causing a small cut, which needed three stitches.
Lee pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and said McGregor verbally abused her when she approached him at the club. She claimed McGregor told her he was there for a night out with friends before telling her to 'f*** off'. "He said: 'F*** off you dirty s**t. You are a piece of s**t. I would never take someone as dirty as you'," she told the court, according to DailyMail. Defense barrister David Funch told the court McGregor "behaved like a pig towards Ms. Lee".
Magistrate Mark Howden ruled while McGregor did abuse and insult Lee, her reaction was disproportionate. The court found her guilty before releasing her on a $1,000 good behavior bond. She was mandated to pay McGregor's medical bills of $80 but no conviction was entered.