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Ex-Channel Nine star Cameron Williams to sell bush retreat where he allegedly assaulted his wife

Television star Cameron Williams is selling the rural retreat where he allegedly assaulted his estranged wife during a boozy altercation last month. 

The former Channel Nine sports presenter has listed the spectacular property in the NSW Hunter Valley for auction, with a price guide of $1.3million. 

As the house and land went on the market, Williams was spotted on Tuesday afternoon outside the $5.4million home he shared with Ms Russo at Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Williams was dressed casually in an oversized Ralph Lauren polo shirt and jeans as he got into a four-wheel drive to head off on the school pick-up run. 

Television star Cameron Williams is selling the rural retreat where he allegedly assaulted his estranged wife during a boozy altercation last month. Williams was spotted outside the $5.4million home he shared with Natasha Russo in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Tuesday

The former Channel Nine sports presenter has listed this spectacular property in the New South Wales Hunter Valley for auction, four years after he and Natasha Russo paid $850,000

He and Ms Russo are reportedly divorcing and Daily Mail Australia understands they have been selling assets including their Howes Valley country hideaway, known as Wareng, which they bought for $850,000 in 2018. 

The couple operated the 16 hectare property, about 50km south-west of Singleton, as a $528-a-night Airbnb and sold grapes from its vineyard to Hunter Valley winemakers.  

Police were called to Werang in the early hours of Sunday, November 20 after Williams allegedly grabbed Ms Russo’s arm during an argument.  

The pair had spent the previous day with two long-time friends on a working bee and began drinking after downing tools. 

Police will allege there was a dispute between Williams and Ms Russo late on Saturday night which their friends did not witness but heard from another room.

One of the friends called Triple Zero and police attended the address just after 1am. 

Williams and Ms Russo (above) are reportedly divorcing and Daily Mail Australia understands they have been selling assets including their Howes Valley country hideaway, Wareng

Williams and Ms Russo (above) are reportedly divorcing and Daily Mail Australia understands they have been selling assets including their Howes Valley country hideaway, Wareng

Williams was dressed casually in an oversized Ralph Lauren polo shirt and jeans as he got into a four-wheel drive to head off on the school pick-up run on Tuesday afternoon (above)

Williams was dressed casually in an oversized Ralph Lauren polo shirt and jeans as he got into a four-wheel drive to head off on the school pick-up run on Tuesday afternoon (above)

Williams was charged at Cessnock police station with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Police also took out an interim apprehended violence order against him.

As part of the AVO, Williams must not approach or be in the company of Ms Russo for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.

Court documents reveal there is no history of violence between the pair. 

Williams’s  solicitor Paul McGirr has described his client as a loving family man who was ‘extremely embarrassed by all of this’.

‘At this stage there’s a lot more to the story, we’ll enter a plea of not guilty, obtain a brief of evidence and then go from there,’ Mr McGirr said.

Williams’ bail conditions state he must reside at his sprawling beachside home at Coogee, which was pulled from an auction set for November 28.

The couple operated the 16 hectare property, about 50km south-west of Singleton, as a $528-a-night Airbnb and sold grapes grown on its vineyard to Hunter Valley winemakers

The couple operated the 16 hectare property, about 50km south-west of Singleton, as a $528-a-night Airbnb and sold grapes grown on its vineyard to Hunter Valley winemakers

Police were called to Werang in the early hours of Sunday, November 20 after Williams allegedly grabbed Ms Russo's arm during an argument

Police were called to Werang in the early hours of Sunday, November 20 after Williams allegedly grabbed Ms Russo’s arm during an argument

The four-bedroom house boasts ocean views from two levels, a large outdoor entertaining area, a cellar, and is just 500m from Coogee Beach.        

Williams, 59, and Ms Russo, 47, bought the property for $1.75million in 2007. 

Potential purchasers of the ‘seaside retreat’ had been told the owners were planning to move to Queensland.

Williams, who presented sport for Today and Nine News, is originally from Emerald in the central highlands region west of Rockhampton.

He entered not guilty pleas to the alleged assault during a brief appearance at Singleton Local Court on November 24. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Ireland had described Williams as ‘well-known personality within the media’ when not opposing bail.  

Williams was charged at Cessnock police station with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He is pictured at Coogee on Tuesday afternoon

Williams was charged at Cessnock police station with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He is pictured at Coogee on Tuesday afternoon

‘He resides in Sydney and has dependent children,’ Sergeant Ireland told the court.

‘He has no criminal convictions. It is highly unlikely a custodial sentence would be imposed if the accused person is convicted of the offence.’

Sergeant Ireland said the alleged offences were ‘on the lower end of the seriousness spectrum’. 

The alleged altercation at Howes Valley came months after the high-profile newsreader stepped down from his role at Channel Nine citing ‘health reasons’.

‘It’s with a heavy heart I have decided to resign from Nine,’ Williams wrote to colleagues in March.

‘Leaving the best team in News is difficult and being part of that team an honour.

‘But I have struggled for years with increasingly poor health and I want to address that now for the sake of a more important team, my family.’    

Williams will return to Singleton Local Court for a hearing on January 20. 

Williams' bail conditions state he must reside at his sprawling beachside home at Coogee (above), which was pulled from an action set for November 28

Williams’ bail conditions state he must reside at his sprawling beachside home at Coogee (above), which was pulled from an action set for November 28

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