Self-described ‘energy healer’ Charlie Goldsmith has been cleared of assaulting a boy near Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast.
Goldsmith, the younger brother of actor and singer Tottie Goldsmith and ‘nephew’ of the late Grease superstar Olivia Newton-John, was listed to face court on Monday when the charge was dismissed.
The 43-year-old had been accused of assaulting one of four boys who were mucking around with golf clubs they had found near his home at New Brighton on August 2.
Goldsmith allegedly confronted the youths after one of them struck a rock which hit his cleaner’s hatchback while she drove down The Strand.
Charlie Goldsmith, the younger brother of actor and musician Tottie Goldsmith and ‘nephew’ of the late singing superstar Olivia Newton-John (right), has been cleared of assaulting a boy
He was subsequently charged with common assault but when a lawyer representing Goldsmith appeared in Byron Bay Local Court on Monday, that charge was withdrawn.
Goldsmith had told Daily Mail Australia he would ‘strenuously deny’ the allegation he assaulted the boy.
‘I was made aware of a group of local youths using golf clubs to hit rocks, resulting in damage to a passing car,’ Goldsmith said earlier this month. ‘I assisted the individual whose car was damaged.
‘I am deeply disappointed that I have been charged with one count of common assault. I deny any violent conduct or physical contact with the teens.
‘I strenuously deny the allegations and have instructed lawyers to defend the charge.’
New Brighton is a beachside community of fewer than 400 residents and the incident has been widely discussed in the town.
Goldsmith’s $3million house is currently listed for sale, while his former partner, health and fitness influencer Ellie Lemons, also lives in New Brighton.
Goldsmith (right) is close to his former partner Ellie Lemons (left), who lives near his home. Both regularly use social media to describe how they co-parent their young daughter
Lemons and Goldsmith both regularly use social media to describe how they happily co-parent their young daughter.
Goldsmith runs communications agency Cassette which has clients including Victoria Police, cosmetics company L’Oréal, paint maker Dulux, property giant Mirvac and the Hugo Boss fashion house.
But the blond entrepreneur, who was a 2008 Cleo Bachelor of the Year finalist, is best known for claiming to be able to treat illnesses and injuries with a special gift he discovered as an 18-year-old.
Charlton Brian Goldsmith is the son of Melbourne night club owner Brian Goldsmith and his third wife. His father was previously married to Olivia Newton-John’s late sister Rona.
After discovering his ‘gift’, Goldsmith has treated hundreds of patients including his famous aunt, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and died aged 73 in August last year after her third bout with the disease.
Goldsmith was accused of assaulting one of four boys who were skylarking with golf clubs near his home in northern New South Wales on August 2. The 43-year-old is pictured with sister Tottie
Online testimonials claim Goldsmith has successfully treated patients suffering from kidney stones, allergies, urinary tract infections, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and cold sores.
Goldsmith was the subject of the 2017 reality television series The Healer on cable network TLC which showed him supposedly reducing the suffering of patients using only his mind.
One of his biggest fans is 11-time world champion Kelly Slater who has said Goldsmith helped him relax during stressful times.
‘He gets me not-thinking,’ Slater once explained. ‘I’m a heady person… even up to the minute I paddle out, I’ve had him on the phone.’
Goldsmith has said he does not charge for his healing work but his website offers the opportunity to make onetime, quarterly or monthly donations of up to $US1,000.
Goldsmith (left) has won the praise of 11-time world champion Kelly Slater (right) who has said the ‘energy healer’ helped him relax during stressful times. ‘He gets me not-thinking,’ Slater once explained
He also offers $US150 six-month subscriptions for ‘energy teachings’, with discounts for those customers who cannot afford it.
Asked how his ‘gift’ worked, Goldsmith once said: ‘I don’t have the ability to diagnose people. So I start by asking someone what’s wrong.’
‘After that, I specifically think about the issue. When I work on someone, I try to move my focus to that problem area. I don’t touch the person, but I’ll often hover my hands over the problem spot.
Goldsmith’s practices have attracted scepticism and he engaged in a fiery interview with Andrew Denton on the Seven Network in 2018.
‘What you’re claiming to do is mysterious and unknowable and almost impossible to measure,’ Denton said at one point.
Seven subsequently aired a Sunday Night episode on Goldsmith which explored his fight to have his healing ability scientifically recognsised as legitimate.