Kurtley Beale’s rape accuser is confronted with text messages during heated grilling at footy star’s sexual assault trial

  • Beale pleaded not guilty to three charges
  • Was at the court for the fourth day of hearing on Wednesday
  • Woman accusing him of rape was cross-examined

A woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Wallabies star Kurtley Beale in the bathroom stall of a Bondi bar is furious about the state of her relationship.

Mr. Beale, 35, faces a jury trial in Sydney’s Downing Center Court after pleading not guilty to having sex without consent and two counts of sexual touching.

The police claim Mr. On December 17, 2022, Beale groped a woman’s bottom at the Beach Road bar in Bondi before forcing her to perform oral sex in a stall in the men’s bathroom.

The 29-year-old woman returned to the stand on Wednesday for the third day of evidence and for fierce cross-examination by Mr Beale’s barrister, Margaret Cunneen SC.

Ms Cunneen questioned the woman on the night of the alleged incident about her state of mind following an argument between the woman and her fiance that morning.

‘You’ve become quite concerned about your relationship. You were desperate to try and turn the tables … your relationship was dying,’ Ms Cuneen said.

The woman accusing Kurtley Beale (pictured outside court on Wednesday) of rape was subjected to fierce cross-examination by the former footy star’s lawyer

‘You left the next morning on a 9am flight to see (the fiancé’s) family. You didn’t even know if you would see him before you left.’

Hours before arriving at the Bondi bar, the woman texted her fiance: ‘If you hate me what’s the point’ and ‘Do you still want to marry me?’.

The pair had earlier exchanged a series of short messages about their plans for the evening in which she encouraged her partner to join her at a friend’s house.

The woman texted her partner that afternoon: “I would like you to come.”

He replied a few minutes later with ‘I’m busy’ and when asked again ‘Where mate?’

“I wish I could see you,” the woman continued.

Her partner later responded again with ‘Sorry mate, see you Thursday’ before accusing him of being ‘with’.

Asked later that evening, and before arriving at the bar, if she had to cancel her flight for the next morning, the fiancee said: ‘See you, mate. You do you.’

Barrister Margaret Cunneen (second left), acting for Beale (centre), grilled the woman about the state of her relationship with her fiancé just before the alleged attack

Barrister Margaret Cunneen (second left), acting for Beale (centre), grilled the woman about the state of her relationship with her fiancé just before the alleged attack

The 35-year-old (pictured playing for the Wallabies) pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and two charges of sexual touching

The 35-year-old (pictured playing for the Wallabies) pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and two charges of sexual touching

Under cross-examination, the woman dismissed her own messages about their future marriage and her partner’s answers as the result of the couple’s drunkenness.

In her opening submissions, Ms Cunneen SC told the jury that the bathroom act was ‘entirely consensual’ and there was no criminal touching.

The woman gave evidence on Monday and Tuesday in relation to her version of events and text messages she sent to her sister and fiancé after the alleged incident.

Under cross-examination, the woman was grilled on allegations to her family that Mr. Beale followed her into the bathroom, contrary to CCTV footage.

She was also questioned about an argument she admitted to having with her partner on the morning of the alleged incident, as well as allegations that Mr Beale tried to kiss her.

The jury was earlier shown CCTV footage from the night of the alleged incident, including the four-and-a-half minutes the pair spent in the men’s bathroom.