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Josh Reynolds’ estranged partner dragged into Richmond scandal before

Ms Del Busso was previously forced to deny she was the woman in a picture with a Richmond Tigers premiership medal around her neck

The woman who NRL star Josh Reynolds swore at in an ugly viral video is a glamour model who has been dragged into a football scandal once before. 

Leaked footage went viral last week showing the shirtless West Tigers playmaker, 30, yelling at a woman sitting on his bed. 

Daily Mail Australia can reveal the woman Reynolds verbally abuses in the clip is Arabella ‘Bella’ Del Busso – his estranged girlfriend, a Melbourne underwear model with Italian heritage.

Ms Del Busso has denied that it is her in the video although her dog ‘Meatballs’ is present on the bed. 

The release of the clip and an ongoing court case about claims Reynolds’ assaulted Ms Del Busso have put his playing career in jeopardy.  

The Tigers veteran’s relationship with Ms Del Busso, who has starred in motorcycle  and calendar photoshoots, broke down in acrimonious circumstances last year.

The couple reportedly lost twin boys before the break up, with Reynolds tearfully telling how Ms Del Bullo had suffered a mid-pregnancy miscarriage, eight weeks before they were due to be born. 

Reynolds was charged in December with a domestic violence offence, which he vehemently denies.

West Tigers playmaker Josh Reynolds, 30, and his ex-partner, Arabella Del Busso, had an acrimonious falling out

West Tigers playmaker Josh Reynolds, 30, and his ex-partner, Arabella Del Busso, had an acrimonious falling out

He was charged after Ms Del Busso went to police on December 11 over an alleged incident in Caringbah South that occurred September. 

The case is unrelated to the leaked video and no charges have been brought in respect of it. 

Police allege Ms Del Busso, 29, suffered bruising to her right arm and left leg after being assaulted.   

Reynolds has claimed in court that bruises on Ms Del Busso were caused by medication she was taking, rather than an assault. The case continues. 

Meanwhile, people who know the footballer have been surprised to learn that Ms Del Busso has previously made headlines over a separate scandal. 

Ms Del Busso was wrongly dragged into controversy involving a nude photo and a Richmond Tigers AFL player back in 2017.

At the time, she said she had been bombarded with messages asking if it was her in a photo with a premiership medallion draped around her neck.  

‘I’ve had so many people contact me asking if it is me,’ she told Daily Mail Australia at the time.  

Ms Del Busso was forced to deny she was the woman in this photo of a woman with a medallion around her neck

Ms Del Busso was forced to deny she was the woman in this photo of a woman with a medallion around her neck

‘I can assure you I am obviously not the woman with the medallion around my neck.’ 

‘I don’t have anything to do with it. I don’t have anything to do with the Richmond Football Club.’ 

She joked: ‘If anything, my breasts are better than that. 

She owned up to starring in a separate viral photograph showing her nearly naked in front of a Richmond mural for grand final week.   

‘It was for my fans and followers,’ she said. 

‘It was a bit of hype for them’.  

Ms Del Busso previously owned up to starring in a separate photograph showing her nearly naked in front of a Richmond mural prior to the grand final

Ms Del Busso previously owned up to starring in a separate photograph showing her nearly naked in front of a Richmond mural prior to the grand final

The video apparently showing Reynolds, Ms Del Busso and her dog began circulating on social media last week. (She continues to deny she was in the clip).  

In the clip, the footballer is filmed saying she ‘scared the f*** out of me’ and asking her to leave. 

‘Can you get out. Of my house. I want you out now. I want you out now or I’m going to f***ing flip it,’ he warns. 

Reynolds was seen in the video while a woman - now revealed to be Del Busso - filmed from the bed

Reynolds was seen in the video while a woman – now revealed to be Del Busso – filmed from the bed

The West Tigers released a statement saying they were aware the video was doing the rounds online.  

A spokesman said: ‘Both Josh and Wests Tigers have previously alerted NSW Police and the NRL Integrity Unit as to this matter and will continue to work closely with them as required. 

‘As the subject matter is presently before the courts, Wests Tigers will be making no further comment.’

An NRL spokesman told Daily Mail Australia said they were aware of the footage, and would continue to ‘work with NSW Police, the Wests Tigers and Josh Reynolds on this matter.”   

Reynolds has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (domestic violence) and faces a police apprehended domestic violence order application.

A court heard previously that Reynolds will argue medication, rather than violence, caused bruising on Ms Del Busso’s right arm and left leg. 

The case returns to court on February 7. Reynolds is expected to be stood down under the NRL’s new no-fault role while his court proceedings are ongoing.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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