Chiropractor Jesse Thurlow charged with alleged rape, chiro license suspended

EXCLUSIVE: Chiropractor ‘to the stars’ who Tim Robards jokingly dubbed ‘the masochist’ is charged with rape and has his practising licence suspended

  • Buff chiropractor promoted by A-lister Tim Robards is charged with alleged rape 
  • Dr Jesse Thurlow’s Instagram page seemed a world away from his troubles 
  • His chiro registration has been suspended pending investigation of a complaint 

A buff chiropractor whose clients included ‘the Bachelor’ Tim Robards has been charged with rape and has had his practising license suspended. 

Dr Jesse Thurlow, 28, worked in Sydney’s east and flaunted his Bondi-based workouts and ripped physique on his popular Instagram page.  

But the accredited chiropractor from Coogee will soon face the New South Wales District Court charged with aggravated sexual assault (inflict actual bodily harm). 

The charge relates to an alleged incident from at least two years ago and Dr Thurlow was expected to come in front of a District Court judge for the first time last week.


Chiropractor Jesse Thurlow is pictured working on former Bachelor Tim Robards – himself a chiropractor

The life Dr Thurlow portrayed online was a world away from his looming alleged criminal and professional troubles. 

He regularly posted photos of beach swims in his Budgy Smugglers as well as a considerable number of shirtless workout pictures. 

Professionally, Dr Thurlow was well-reviewed by his clients, who raved about how he was ‘knowledgeable and experienced’. 

Robards, himself a chiropractor, was one client, with the reality TV star jokingly describing the chiropractor as ‘the masochist’ in a happy video of his treatment. 

‘No pain, no gain he tells me,’ Robards captioned the clip. 

But health regulators have confirmed Dr Thurlow’s registration has been suspended for unspecified reasons. 

The NSW Chiropractic Council said Dr Thurlow was suspended on March 22, 2019, but said it was prevented from disclosing the reason why for confidentiality reasons.  

Thurlow's life on social media was a far cry from his alleged personal and professional troubles

Thurlow’s life on social media was a far cry from his alleged personal and professional troubles

Dr Thurlow was referred to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), which confirmed it is ‘investigating a complaint’, but declined to comment further as the investigation continues. 

Dr Thurlow is yet to enter a plea to the sexual assault charge against him, according to court records. 

District Court Judge Helen Syme last week continued Dr Thurlow’s bail and the matter will return to Downing Centre court in September for mention. 

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