Australian Values leader Heston Russell faces charge over pool-party assault

Less than a week out from his first tilt at a seat in the Senate, high-profile Australian Values Party candidate, former SAS commando and nude OnlyFans model Heston Russell has been served with a court attendance notice for a charge of common assault.

Following a five-month investigation, NSW Police confirmed Queensland-based Russell was due to face a common assault charge at Downing Centre Local Courts on Tuesday, June 21.

Heston Russell, centre, on Sydney Harbour on January 2, the date of the alleged assault.Credit:Instagram

PS first revealed the accusations against Russell in January after a Sydney man claimed Russell hit him during an argument at a private pool party in early January which followed a day cruising Sydney Harbour. Russell was a guest at both events before returning to Queensland.

Following the alleged assault, the man, who asked to remain anonymous citing fears for his safety due to Russell’s aggressive supporters, and two bystanders provided witness statements to the police, who also sought CCTV footage from the inner-city apartment complex. Russell has denied hitting the man.

Heston Russell.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Russell, who triggered a wave of controversy after selling nude images of himself on Onlyfans, has been campaigning hard for his fledgling Australian Values Party federal Senate ticket, conducting an exhausting social and mainstream media onslaught, and appearing on talkback radio, along with writing opinion pieces in the accommodating Murdoch press.

Russell’s Australian Values Party has been campaigning on a variety of platforms, including the “promotion of ethical and moral standards in government establishing role models for society to aspire to. Every AVP candidate commits to our workforce policy, abiding by high standards of behaviour, accountability and scrutiny.”

Russell’s candidature has attracted plenty of controversy. The latest incident was the operator of his campaign bus, Dave Watt, posting on Facebook over the weekend searching for help to remove Russell’s image and AVP livery from the vehicle, claiming the AVP had “reneged” on its agreement to do so. The bus has been touring Queensland in the lead up to next weekend’s election.

Australian Values Party campaign bus in Queensland last month.Credit:Facebook

“We were contracted by the Australian Values Party for a 30-day promotion. After the tour the party has now reneged to remove the campaign signage,” Watt said. “We are waiting to be deployed to the Lismore area to help with temporary accommodation to flooded victims, but can’t go until the signage is removed. This is a very disappointing matter, and it is holding us back to help people in need.”

Russell, who for a time was championed by broadcaster Alan Jones, also emerged as the person who had inadvertently crushed a former friend’s $150,000 BMW in a Woollahra car stacker.

Well-connected Sydney political lobbyist Michael Kauter and his husband David Gracey, were hosting Russell, along with a group of other friends, during a long lunch in their home back in September 2020 when the car crushing occurred. Russell made a contribution towards the repair costs.

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