Police have dramatically dropped the apprehended violence order taken out by socialite Hollie Nasser against her estranged husband, wealthy Sydney investor Christopher Nasser.
The interim order was taken out by Ms Nasser last December while she was embroiled in a high-profile Sydney society marriage split as she forged a romance with her best friend Ellie Aitken’s husband, investment banker Charlie Aitken.
Minutes after the Downing Centre Local Court opened on Wednesday, prosecutors stood and said police were withdrawing the AVO, and a somewhat surprised Magistrate Susan McIntyre announced the order was formally ‘dismissed by the court’.
Mr Nasser’s lawyer Paul McGirr told Daily Mail Australia that he had argued with police that the AVO was ‘baseless’, and had been used ‘as a sword instead of a shield’ against a non-violent person.
Investor Christopher Nasser (above with his estranged wife Hollie) was ‘bewildered and shocked’ by the AVO claims and is now glad he can ‘move on’
Mr Nasser’s lawyer says AVO was taken out against the backrgound of Holie Nasser’s emerging relationship with Charlie Aitken (above)
Chris Nasser (left) had been in business with Charlie Aitken (right) for seven years before Hollie (second left) and Charlie started new romance
The grounds for the order were allegations of ‘general intimidation behaviour’ during the marriage which foundered late last year.
Mr McGirr said that Mr Nasser had been ‘bewildered and shocked’ by the restraining order and ‘he now wants to move on with his life’.
The AVO was taken out against the background of the public unravelling of the Nasser’s marriage and that of Ellie and Charlie Aitken, as Hollie Nasser and Mr Aitken fell in love.
Mr Nasser had been in business with Mr Aitken for seven years before the Aitkens announced their separation in November, and Hollie and Charlie stepped out in public together as a couple.
Mr McGirr claimed the complaints in Hollie Nasser’s AVO ‘as she stated she was fearful of him … in and of itself did not make sense’.
He said while the interim AVO was in place, Ms Nasser had returned to the family home on numerous occasions which had caused him legal concerns, and that Ms Nasser had changed her mind about wanting the AVO, ‘she wanted it, then she didn’t want it’.
‘I told police it was a joke and that they should look at it, and they did and now they have withdrawn it,’ he said.
‘(Mr Nasser) has never been violent, he’s quite the contrary, a reserved and humble person.
‘At no stage would he ever strike anyone, particularly a woman and the mother of his children.
‘The whole process of having laundry aired in public, particularly for the children, has caused him great distress.
Christopher Nasser’s lawyer Paul McGirr (above) said he had argued to police that the AVO was ‘baseless’ and that his client was a ‘gentle’ person and loving father
Christopher Nasser (above with estranged wife Hollie Nasser) viowed to have the AVO against him dismissed, and was successful on Wednesday when police dramatically withdrew it
Hollie Nasser, 36, a qualified psychologist has two children with Chris Nasser and Ellie and Charlie Aitken, who were married for two decades, also have two children.
‘His children have always been paramount. He wants to move on with his life and he holds no animosity towards anybody
‘There are no winners in this, but it shows unfortunately how some people can allegedly use the system to seek an AVO, which should be used not as a sword but as a shield.
‘My client is a gentle, loving father .’
Ms Nasser, 36, a qualified psychologist has two children with Chris Nasser and Ellie and Charlie Aitken, who were married for two decades, also have two children.
Mr Aitken issued a public statement last year confirming he’d separated from his wife and was now dating Ms Nasser.
Following the statement, and since the Christmas-New Year holidays when Ellie Aitken travelled solo with her two children to Aspen, Mr Aitken and Ms Nasser had stayed out of the publicity glare until Wednesday’s sudden court reversal.