EXCLUSIVE: Troubled three-time Hawthorn premiership winner turned reality TV star Brian Lake, 37, is charged with stalking, assault and home invasion
- Lake was a three time premiership player for Hawthorn and Norm Smith winner
- The ex-footballer had a warrant issued for his arrest after failing to answer bail
- He faces charges including unlawful assault, criminal damage and stalking
- Lake was recently jailed in Japan after an incident at a Osaka pub
- He starred in last year’s reality program Australian Survivor
AFL legend Brian Lake will front court after being accused of committing an aggravated burglary, assault and stalking offences.
The former Bulldogs and Hawks hero, who played 251 AFL games, including three premierships with the Hawks, fronted the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday night.
There he was slapped with seven charges, including unlawful assault, aggravated burglary, criminal damage and trespassing.
In happier times: Brian Lake with his ex-wife Shannon before they split
The charges come just months after Lake was charged with unlicensed driving and travelling 25km/h over the speed limit.
He failed to lob into court over those matters last September and a warrant for his arrest was issued and his bail was forfeited.
It remains unclear how much time Lake spent locked up before he was released.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Caroline Springs Football Club president Marc Raak in an effort to make contact with Lake.
Mr Raak said he was aware of Lake’s pending court dates, but made no further comment.
A police source told Daily Mail Australia he expected the former Norm Smith medallist to plead guilty on March 13 to some reduced charges.
Lake will be represented by high profile criminal lawyer Tony Hargreaves.
Victoria Police refused to discuss the matter when contacted by Daily Mail Australia and it remains unclear exactly who Lake’s alleged victim is.
He has made no secret of a painful split from his wife and recently took to Instagram in a series of cryptic posts.
Brian Lake basks in glory after helping take home the premiership cup for his beloved Hawks
Brian Lake participated in a celebrity version of Survivor last year. He announced his split from his wife shortly after his return from Fiji
2002–2012: Western Bulldogs 197 games
2013–2015: Hawthorn 54 games
Three AFL premierships: 2013, 2014, 2015
Norm Smith Medal: 2013
Charles Sutton Medal: 2007
All-Australian team: 2009, 2010
One post reads: ‘The hard thing is that … even though you already caught them lying, they still make excuses to prove that their lies are true’.
He also posted a photo of himself hugging his two children while his wife looks on.
‘Family is everything,’ he posted.
Lake ended his nine-year marriage before leaving for Fiji to film the reality TV show Survivor over three months early last year.
In July, after Lake’s arrest in Japan, his friend, Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney, expressed concern for him.
Cooney said Lake had been going through marriage problems and described the last six months as the ‘most stressful point’ in Lake’s life.
The 37-year-old was held under strict conditions in the Osaka police station for six days, during which he was given just three bowls of rice per day.
He had been celebrating a win in the Asian AFL with his team, the Indonesian Volcanoes, prior to be detained by authorities in Osaka.
In October, the ex-Hawk admitted he needed professional help after a photo of him in a toilet with lines of a white substance went viral on social media.
Brian Lake at his prime: he won the Norm Smith medal and was regarded a genuine AFl super star
The photo showed him in a toilet cubicle at the Caulfield Cup event with a line of a white substance on his mobile phone.
He claimed he was ready to put an end to his ‘self-destruction’ and head to Asia to seek professional help from a drug and alcohol facility.
‘The decision has come in recent weeks after reflecting on some of the incidents that have taken place and I must accept that I need to improve my health,’ Lake said at the time.
Lake retired from the Hawks at the end of the 2015 season.
In 2013, Lake apologised to Hawthorn, his family and fans after a drunken incident at the Portsea Polo.
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