A former reality TV star has been thrown behind bars after allegedly stealing a credit card – just months after vowing to turn her life around following her last stint in jail.
Beauty and The Geek runner-up Jordan Finlayson, 31, faced two separate court hearings in Sydney on Wednesday over four charges and an apprehended violence order.
The charges include two counts of common assault and destroy or damage property less than $2000, and possess identity information to commit an indictable offence.
It is understood the assault and damage charges relate to an alleged domestic-violence incident with a relative, against whom Finlayson has also taken out an AVO.
Finlayson was granted bail for that matter on February 17 before it was revoked at Central Local Court on Wednesday in light of the new fraud charge.
She has been remanded in custody until her next court appearance on March 10.
Jordan Finlayson, 31, (pictured) has been thrown in jail after being slapped with a string of charges – just months after being released from jail
The allegations come just months after the ex-Penthouse model vowed to kick self-destructive behaviours after being thrown in prison for drug offences while in the grips of a $5000-a-week addiction.
In April 2020, the ex-NRL cheerleader was sentenced to two years and three months in jail, but was granted parole last September after serving 15 months.
At the time of her arrest in July 2019, Finlayson admitted to taking a cocktail of drugs weekly, including heroin, Xanax, marijuana, and GBL, while working as a lingerie waitress in Sydney’s drug-fuelled party scene.
The wild lifestyle sparked an expensive addiction and led to her at one stage suffering an overdose, culminating in her being incarcerated as she turned to crime to fed her habit.
But in a post-release interview in December, Finlayson pledged to start her life anew and rise above her chequered past.
‘I am deeply ashamed and embarrassed of what I had become: drugs are selfish and robbed me of five years of my 20s,’ she told the Daily Telegraph.
‘For two-and-a-half years before jail I did every drug; cocaine, GBL (a liquid); my life was a blur, I let a lot of people down and made bad choices.
Finlayson appeared in court on Wednesday charged with two counts of common assault and destroy or damage property less than $2000, and possess identity information to commit an indictable offence
The ex-NRL cheerleader vowed to turn her life around during a post-prison interview three months ago
‘I was so destroyed, I overdosed and went to rehab six months before I was arrested but I couldn’t stop.’
Finlayson said prison was scary and the ‘wrong place’ for her, but the ‘wake up call’ she needed.
It was a sentiment she held from the start of her sentence, telling the court in a letter she ‘let everyone down’ and declaring she would prove that ‘everyone makes mistakes’ but can come back from them.
After her release, she told the publication she had cut off toxic friends, begun studying an entrepreneurship course, and picked promotional and modelling work – as well as returning to lingerie waitress.
But despite her strong assertations, she has landed herself back inside a cell just three months later.
NSW Police said they attended a home at Botany about 4pm on February 17 as part of ongoing inquiries to locate a man wanted on an outstanding warrant.
After being incarcerated in April 2020, the former reality TV star pledged to learn from her ‘mistakes’
Ms Finlayson appeared on the Channel Seven show Beauty and The Geek (pictured) before her life spiralled into drug addiction
Officers forced entry a short time later, arresting Finlayson and a 36-year-old man before taking them to Mascot Station.
‘The man was charged with an outstanding warrant for three offences including wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO and affray,’ NSW Police said in a statement.
‘He appeared at Central Local Court the next day (Friday 18 February), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Thursday 14 April.
Finlayson was charged with two counts of common assault, destroy or damage property and detention application and was due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 23 February.
However, the day before the court hearing, she was arrested by police officers around 10.45am at a home on Tweedmouth Avenue, Rosebery.
‘A 31-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Mascot Police Station, where she was charged with possess identity info to commit indictable offence and detention application,’ NSW Police said.
‘Police will allege in court that the woman was in possession of several NSW drivers’ licences and credit cards.’
Finlayson has previously admitted to spending $5000-a-week on drugs while battling addiction
Finlayson has been remanded in custody until her next court hearing on March 10
Finlayson was a cheerleader for the NRL clubs Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers and the Sydney Kings basketball team in 2014.
She briefly shot to fame in 2011 as the runner-up beauty on Season 3 of Beauty and the Geek.
Her and the ‘geek’ from the season, Lachlan Cosgrove, began to date after the show concluded but broke up ten months later.
In 2013, she became the face of the iconic Australian brand Chiko Rolls for an advertising campaign.
Producers from The Bachelor expressed interest in getting her on the show as a contestant, but Finlayson declined.
She has also appeared topless in photo shoots for Penthouse magazine in 2018, and frequently shares racy images with her 37,500 Instagram followers.