The special forces commando became the model for OnlyFans and failed in the fight against the Senate candidate for beating the man at a private pool party
- Heston Russell, 36, of QLD, has been charged with aggravated assault
- Russell allegedly punched a man at a private pool party in Sydney in January
- The indictment came days before the ex-special forces command’s bid for the Senate seat
- He sparked controversy by selling nude photos on OnlyFans for veterans’ charity
- Russell has denied the assault allegation and will face a court hearing in March next year
A former Australian special forces commando-turned-risky model will face a hearing in seven months as he denies assaulting a man at a private pool party Sydney‘s eastern suburbs.
Heston Russell stood before Sydney’s Downing Center Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after pleading not guilty to a charge of joint assault.
The police suspect the former only fans The model was out on Sydney Harbor on January 2 before attending an exclusive pool party at Potts Point.
At around 6.30pm, police allege that Mr Russell got into an argument with another partygoer and hit him.
The former November Platoon commander was contacted by police on May 16 after a five-month investigation into the alleged altercation.
The retired major, 36 (pictured), undertook four deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment during his 16-year military career and also served in East Timor and Iraq
Russell (pictured) has been charged with mutual assault but denies the allegation
He received a court notice of attendance just a week before the May general election, in which he submitted his ultimately failed first bid for a Senate seat under his Australian Values party.
The vocal veteran, who campaigns for ex-military members across the country, denies the charges.
The 37-year-old sat blank in front of the bleachers on Wednesday as his attorney, Michael Bowe, asked to set a date for the hearing.
Russell issued a statement in May indicating the allegations were politically motivated
The 36-year-old made headlines after raising $15,000 for a veterans’ charity by selling nude photos of himself on OnlyFans
Mr Bowe told the court the hearing is expected to last around five hours, during which he will deny the police allegations.
The registrar has scheduled the hearing for March 29, 2023.
After the allegation came to light in May, Russell issued a statement confirming the charges and noting that the allegations were politically motivated.
“The allegations are completely unfounded and I have no doubt that in due course the police will determine,” the statement said.
“This is another bad attempt at defamation and an attack on my character to deter voters in the week leading up to the general election.”
The 36-year-old, who lives in Brisbane, made headlines after raising $15,000 for veterans’ charity Swiss 8 by selling nude photos of himself on OnlyFans early in the Covid pandemic.
In March, he told Daily Mail Australia he regretted ever opening an Onlyfans account.
“It was a very low point in my life,” he explained at the time.
“It’s not something I want to be a role model for, but it’s also not something I’ll ever shy away from.
“So many elements of the media just focus on that, and that’s what disgusts me the most.
“That’s why it’s difficult to get good people into politics, because you’re judged by a single act.”
Russell undertook four deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment during his 16-year military career and also served in East Timor and Iraq before founding his small political party in January this year.
The Australian Values Party championed several “values” including “respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual”, “commitment to the rule of law” and “freedom of religion, speech and association”.
The thwarted Senate hopeful will return to court next year to challenge the charges.
Russell ran for a Senate seat for the Australian Values Party, which he founded in January