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Australia’s ‘Mr Universe’ Calum von Moger slashed a man’s tyres in Melbourne road rage attack

An Australian bodybuilder and former Mr Universe was ‘scared’ for his own safety when he pulled out a knife and slashed the tyres of a stranger he had just rear-ended in his car, a court has heard. 

Looking a shadow of his former self, Calum von Moger, 31, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday to a series of charges over the terrifying attack upon his unsuspecting victim. 

Moger, a three-time World Fitness Federation ‘Mr Universe’ winner and actor who once played Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film, had still been as big as a house in January when he supposedly acted out of fear against his victim. 

Von Moger played a young Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured together) in the 2018 film Bigger and has been dubbed ‘Arnold 2.0’ in the bodybuilding world

Von Moger leaves court in Melbourne with him mum Ingrid. Gone are the gigantic muscles that made him a star

Von Moger leaves court in Melbourne with him mum Ingrid. Gone are the gigantic muscles that made him a star 

Calum von Moger as he appeared in court in May on drug charges

Calum von Moger as he appeared in court in May on drug charges

In May, von Moger shocked his legion of fans when he fell from a two-storey building. 

Just weeks later, he appeared in court with his arm in a sling, where it was revealed he admitted to taking so many steroids he could no longer produce testosterone naturally. 

He pleaded guilty then to possessing a variety of drugs, including testosterone, cannabis and about two grams of methamphetamine.

The star had been suffering severe depression at the time of the incident, which left him with injuries to his spine, face and neck.

Von Moger’s lawyer, Bernard Campigli, provided a similar tale of woe on behalf of his client on Monday. 

The court heard von Moger had ploughed his Ford Ranger into the back of his victim’s Kluger about 9.30pm on Millers Road in Altona North, west of Melbourne.

When his shocked victim got into a verbal stoush with von Moger, the hulking von Moger pulled out a knife and stabbed the man’s tyre before fleeing. 

When police caught up with him a short time later, they found a treasure trove of nasty weapons, including a tomahawk, an axe handle, knuckle-dusters and a hunting knife. 

They also found a dodgy number plate that had been covered in blood. 

Mr Campigli claimed von Moger had been anxious on the road after being involved in ‘car jackings’ with firearms while living in the United States. 

‘The (victim) quite rightly came out and confronted Mr von Moger. However, Mr von Moger was quite scared at the time,’ he said. 

‘Mr von Moger was quite fearful of what the (victim) might do, so that’s why he stabbed the tyre and left the scene.’

The Aussie bodybuilder had pumped himself with so much testosterone over the years he can no longer produce it naturally

The Aussie bodybuilder had pumped himself with so much testosterone over the years he can no longer produce it naturally 

The home where Von Moger fell from the second storey window which is boarded up

The home where Von Moger fell from the second storey of this home 

Bodybuilder Calum von Moger, 31, reportedly fell through a window on May 6, injuring his spine

Bodybuilder Calum von Moger, 31, reportedly fell through a window on May 6, injuring his spine

The court heard von Moger had another incident on the roads last November too. 

While no weapons were involved on that occasion, the court heard von Moger struck a car with his Harley Davidson motorbike in trendy South Yarra and took off. 

He was only caught because his victim took chase, snapping a photo of him, which he plastered across social media in the hope he would be recognised.

The former body builder surrendered to police over that incident just days after he appeared in court on May 26. 

Supported by his mother Ingrid in court, Mr Campigli said his client remained on the road to recovery after a shocking period that had also seen his support dog die. 

Mr Campigli asked the court to spare von Moger a conviction in the hope he can continue travelling to and from the United States, where he plans to work. 

While assault charges were dropped, von Moger pleaded guilty to damaging property, weapons and careless driving offences.   

The matter was adjourned until next month to allow von Moger’s victims a chance to provide impact statements to the court. 

During his last hearing, the tragedy of von Moger’s desire to make it in the world of body building was revealed. 

Cops had picked him up with an illicit stash of testosterone, needles, three containers of cannabis oil, another bag of white crystal powder and an assortment of prescription drugs, including Viagra. 

Moger (pictured with a friend) released his own documentary titled Calum von Moger: Unbroken on Netflix in 2019

Moger (pictured with a friend) released his own documentary titled Calum von Moger: Unbroken on Netflix in 2019

Von Moger was caught driving an unregistered car that was loaded with illicit drugs

Von Moger was caught driving an unregistered car that was loaded with illicit drugs 

During his interview, von Moger claimed one of his mates must have owned the meth.

‘I found that deal bag in the back and freaked out because I don’t use it. I knew it belonged to someone so I put it in my wallet to either give it back or throw it away,’ he said. 

‘The shoulder bag isn’t mine. I was driving friends around all weekend and they were using drugs and left it. It’s not mine but I know I was in possession of it.’ 

But he admitted to using testosterone for the past 10 years. 

‘I no longer produce it naturally and need to have it to be normal,’ von Moger told cops. 

‘I use the testosterone weekly to keep my levels stable. I use the cannabis oil to help me settle and sleep.’

Von Moger claimed he also used Viagra – a prescription drug predominantly used to improve erectile function – while he was ‘competing’. 

Struggles: Calum - a three-time World Fitness Federation 'Mr Universe' winner and actor who once played Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film - had been suffering severe depression at the time of the incident, which left him with injuries to his spine, face and neck

The Australian’s first acting gig was in 2017 for the film Generation Iron 2, but he’s best known for his portrayal of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2018 movie Bigger

Von Moger has more than 3 million followers on Instagram with many paying tribute to the bodybuilder and wishing for a speedy recovery

Von Moger has more than 3 million followers on Instagram with many paying tribute to the bodybuilder and wishing for a speedy recovery

Slades & Parson's Bernard Campigli (left) leaves court with von Moger and his mum

Slades & Parson’s Bernard Campigli (left) leaves court with von Moger and his mum 

Von Moger's love for bodybuilding began at the age of 14 when he started training with his brother in Victoria

Von Moger’s love for bodybuilding began at the age of 14 when he started training with his brother in Victoria

The court heard von Moger spent a night behind bars following his arrest, which acted as a ‘sobering experience’. 

But when news of his troubles became known within the bodybuilding community, von Moger’s mental health took another plunge. 

‘There was a lot of online hate. If you Google Mr von Moger’s name it comes up with a number of YouTube videos of commentary on his supposed decline, which is very stressful for him and that didn’t help his substance use,’ Mr Campigli said at the time. 

Von Moger was ordered to pay $500 to the court fund for those crimes.

He may not be so fortunate again come November.  

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WHO IS CALUM VON MOGER?  

The Australian’s first acting gig was in 2017 for the film Generation Iron 2, but he’s best known for his portrayal of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2018 movie Bigger. 

The film was based on Joe and Ben Weider, the two brothers who co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders and put the sport on the map.

Moger then released his own documentary titled Calum von Moger: Unbroken on Netflix in 2019.

The film detailed Moger’s rise through the bodybuilding ranks to a point where he was dubbed ‘Arnold 2.0’ and how that came crashing down following a significant knee and bicep injury while abseiling. 

The documentary also gave an insight into his childhood growing up on a farm in central Victoria with five siblings.

He said his love for bodybuilding started at the age of 14 when he and his brother found some old, rusty dumbbells at a warehouse to use. 

He quickly rose to fame when he started uploading videos of his physique and training online, with Moger now having more than 3 million Instagram followers. 

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