A high flying fund manager who is close friends with two couples at the centre of a society love rift has been charged with assaulting his wife and two police officers.
Fredrik Blencke, 48, is accused of assaulting his wife Annabelle Price at their home in Vaucluse in Sydney’s east on the night of August 16.
Police arrived about 8pm and he was taken to Waverley Police Station, where he was charged with one count of assault.
An apprehended violence order was also taken out on Ms Price’s behalf.
The order states Blencke must not ‘threaten, assault or harass’ his wife, and is not to be near her within 12 hours of ‘drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs’.
Blencke and his wife are close associates of Ellie and Charlie Aitken, and Hollie and Christopher Nasser.
The group are regularly seen at functions together, most recently posing for a photograph as they celebrated a mutual friend’s party on a Bondi rooftop. Pictured left to right: Blencke, Mr Nasser, Hollie Nasser, Ellie Aitken, Charlie Aitken
Fredrik Blencke, 48, is accused of assaulting his wife Annabelle Price at their home in Vaucluse in Sydney’s east on the night of August 16
The group are regularly seen at functions together, most recently posing for a photograph as they celebrated a mutual friend’s party on a Bondi rooftop.
Mr Aitken announced last month he’d separated from his wife of 19 years and moved on with her younger best friend, Hollie, effectively ending two friendships and his business partnership with Mr Nasser.
Earlier in 2021, Blencke was involved in an altercation at Hotel Ravesis in Bondi, allegedly resisting arrest and assaulting a constable and senior constable after he was asked to leave the venue by security.
Blencke has pleaded not guilty to assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and remaining in the vicinity of a licensed premises.
He will return to court on May 27, 2022 to defend the charges.
Blencke and his wife are close associates of Ellie and Charlie Aitken, and Hollie and Christopher Nasser
Pictured: Ellie (left), Hollie (centre) and Annabelle (right) at a function
Ms Price celebrated her 30th birthday recently with Mr Blencke in attendance
Ms Aitken uploaded a heated conversation she had with her former best friend on Instagram on Sunday
Blencke’s close friends, the Aitkens and the Nassers, are in the midst of their own personal struggles as the fallout of their relationship breakdowns is made public.
Ellie released a statement on Tuesday morning revealing she was ‘not coping well with the deeply hurtful lies, gossip and innuendo’.
She announced she would be ‘taking a break from social media’ and public view while she and her family adjust to the separation and her estranged husband’s new relationship.
‘I had attempted to put on a brave face and tried to manage my feelings and wellbeing despite the fact that I have not had any control over the reasons for my sorrow.’
Their life of glitz and glamour suddenly came tumbling down after it was revealed Ms Nasser was now in a relationship with Mr Aitken (pictured, Ellie and Charlie Aitken)
Ms Aitken had attempted to maintain a dignified silence and was ‘pushed to [her] limit’ over the weekend, resulting in a rogue Instagram post calling out Ms Nasser.
The post accused her former best friend of ‘bullying’ her and exposed a series of texts between the two women.
Ms Aitken shared a text message she had received from Ms Nasser to Instagram accusing her of ‘playing the victim’ and blaming her for ‘ruining her marriage’.
‘Ellie there’s no point in us talking anymore,’ Ms Nasser’s message begins.
‘I can’t believe after… you are out there playing the victim and saying I ruined your perfect marriage.’
The Instagram post was deleted within minutes, but not before it was shared widely among eastern suburbs social circles.
Now, Ms Aitken acknowledges sharing the private texts only ‘made a painful matter worse’ and acknowledged she’s struggling to navigate such a public split.
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‘It is a situation that I honestly never expected to endure, let alone so publicly… I was pushed to my limit over the weekend.
‘The media focus on the private lives of the families involved continues to impact those affected by the choices and actions of others.’
Ms Aitken hopes to ‘press pause’ on her public life and take time to heal with her children as she and Mr Aitken begin co-parenting.
Sources within the Aitken’s and Nasser’s social circles say they’re devastated both for Ms Aitken and Mr Nasser, who were said to be ‘totally blindsided’ by the new relationship.
Just five years ago, Mr and Ms Nasser were happily married in a lavish ceremony at St Mary’s Cathedral, the new bride happily announcing they’d spend the rest of their lives together
Ms Nasser shared an insight into her relationship over the years with pictures of international holidays and helicopter trips
HIGH SOCIETY SPLIT – THE TIMELINE
Ellie Aitken, a lawyer-turned fashion designer, joins an investment business Pallas, which is a rival to her husband’s company Aitken Investment Management
October 16 :
Ms Aitken posts a gushing birthday message to her friend Hollie Nasser, saying she is ‘so lucky to have you in my life.’
It is publicly revealed the Aitken and Nasser marriages have both ended.
Mr Nasser, who is Mr Aitken’s business partner at Aitken Investment Management, resigns from his position as director of the board and is replaced by his brother Damien.
Ms Aitken also steps down as an executive from the company during the same weekend.
Police days later take out an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order against Mr Nasser on behalf of his estranged wife.
Mr Aitken confirms he is in a relationship with Ms Nasser.
‘I can confirm I am separated from Ellie Aitken and am in a relationship with Hollie Nasser,’ Aitken said.
‘My sole focus is my children and I’ll make no further comment.’
Mr Nasser speaks out about the AVO and announces he plans to fight the allegations when the case goes to court on December 15.
Mr Aitken is photographed running errands with Ms Nasser and taking items into her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Later that evening, Ms Aitken posts photos of her alongside Mr Aitken at their son’s Rugby awards night.
It is revealed Ms Nasser’s car has reportedly been vandalised, with someone scratching the word ‘slut’ on one of the doors
Ms Aitken leaks the heated messages between her and Ms Nasser as their friendship deteriorates .
Mr Aitken is later spotted at the family home, embroiled in a confrontation with Ellie as he picked up his clothes.
The Nassers are also spotted out together with their kids.