Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios he pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend but avoided a conviction for what the magistrate called a “single act of stupidity”, dropping the charge.
Kyrgios admitted in Canberra court that he pushed his then girlfriend to the ground Clare Passari after a heated discussion. The woman had filed a complaint 10 months after the events, after the relationship had ended.
Passari claimed before the Court that she was severely traumatized by the incident, that she suffered severe weight loss, that she remained in bed day and night, unable to sleep or form new romantic relationships.
Kyrgios’ lawyers had appealed to have the charge dismissed, arguing that it was a single episode, certainly out of place, but isolated.
Magistrate Beth Campbell dismissed the assault charge, arguing that Kyrgios acted badly, but the offense was not planned or premeditated and that it was a “single act of stupidity” by a young man trying to extricate himself from a tense situation.