Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his model wife Sarah and will face a hearing to dispute the allegations in August.  Cooper is pictured with Marsh in 2011

Fashion Wayne Cooper pleads not guilty to assaulting model wife Sarah Marsh

Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his wife and will face a hearing to dispute the allegations in August.

The allegations against Cooper date back more than six years and he was “extremely upset” when the charges were made without warning.

Cooper is accused of assaulting his former model wife Sarah Marsh and has been slapped with an interim apprehended violence order.

In addition to the usual terms of restraining orders preventing assault, threat, harassment, harassment and intimidation, Cooper must not approach Marsh or contact her in any way except through an attorney. .

Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his model wife Sarah and will face a hearing to dispute the allegations in August. Cooper is pictured with Marsh in 2011

Cooper, who has previous convictions for attacking former model Marsh, was arrested at his home in Myocum near Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales on May 31.  He is pictured outside Waverley Local Court in 2008.

Cooper, who has previous convictions for attacking former model Marsh, was arrested at his home in Myocum near Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales on May 31. He is pictured outside Waverley Local Court in 2008.

The 58-year-old has a previous conviction for attacking Marsh, 54, in an incident 14 years ago at their Sydney beachside mansion.

Cooper is now charged with two counts of assault related to domestic violence in Tamarama between 1:29 and 1:30 p.m. on December 14, 2015 and between 4:30 and 4:35 p.m. on May 15 the following year.

He was arrested at the couple’s new home in Myocum near Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales at 9.30am on May 31.

“I had no idea this was going to happen to me and I am deeply shocked and extremely saddened,” he said.

Cooper was not present at Waverley Local Court in Sydney when the case was first mentioned on June 9, but a written submission was made on his behalf.

He has pleaded not guilty to both counts which are set for a two-hour hearing in the same court on August 11.

In March, Cooper and Marsh paid $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.

In March, Cooper and Marsh paid $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.

Cooper and Marsh sold their Tamarama home for $11 million in February, after buying the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $5.5 million in 2011.

The following month, they paid $5.09 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum.

“All I know is that I’ve been alone in Byron Bay for five weeks trying to do renovations on our new property,” Cooper told the The telegraph of the day June 4.

“This accusation dates back to 2015/2016, pushing a mobile phone out of my face during a video during an argument about throwing a white teddy bear into our bedroom etc. seven years ago.

“All I know is that Sarah made these charges last week and I was arrested in Byron and completely shocked.”

Cooper and Marsh sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney's eastern suburbs for $11,050,000 in February, having bought the five-bedroom house (above) for $5.5million in 2011

Cooper and Marsh sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $11,050,000 in February, having bought the five-bedroom house (above) for $5.5million in 2011

In May last year, Cooper and Marsh denied rumors they had ended their 25-year relationship after a newspaper report claimed they were “splitting up”.

Cooper, who has two children with Marsh, told Daily Mail Australia at the time the story was “completely fabricated”.

‘My wife Sarah and I are currently in Byron Bay for a friend’s birthday and are looking for property,’ he said.

“We are currently discussing with our attorney an action plan in response to this damaging article printed on Mother’s Day.”

Cooper said of his recent arrest for assault that he was

Cooper said of his recent assault arrest that he was “extremely upset” and “had no idea this was going to happen.” He is pictured outside the NSW Supreme Court in 2008

Who is Wayne Cooper?

British-born Cooper grew up in the East End of London and moved to Australia in 1985, studying fashion design at East Sydney Technical College.

He launched the Brave, Wayne Cooper and Wayne labels. Her clothes were once sold at two boutiques in Melbourne and are now available at larger Myer stores.

Cooper’s Australian Fashion Week shows featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Sarah O’Hare (now Murdoch) and he was a regular guest on the reality TV series Australia’s Next Top Model.

Cooper was placed on two-year bond for good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.

The charges of assault causing bodily harm and harassment and intimidation were dropped in Waverley Local Court.

The charges stemmed from a dispute at the couple’s Tamarama home (not the recently sold one) six months earlier and Cooper initially said he would “vigorously defend” them all.

Cooper declined to comment outside of court on that occasion, but Marsh said she was happy with the outcome.

“The truth is out, that’s what I’m here for,” she said.

The creator’s attorney, Ian McClintock SC, told the court Cooper and Marsh’s relationship had deteriorated over the past two years and they had sought advice.

The couple were arguing over money the night of the attack in June.

“The emotional temperature of the relationship has risen,” McClintock said.

“Old coals were raked and past conflicts were raised.”

The assault happened when Marsh tried to demonstrate how she alleged Cooper pushed her while on vacation in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland.

Cooper was placed on two-year bond for good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.

Cooper was placed on two-year bond for good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.

Mr McClintock said his client showed Marsh what he believed had happened by pushing her on the chest and shoulder.

“We accept … that there was a hostile intent at the end and that there was an assault,” Mr McClintock told the court.

The court heard Marsh underwent surgery days before the assault to have his gallbladder removed due to cancer.

Cooper tried unsuccessfully to avoid conviction so he could continue his regular trips to the United States.

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