EXCLUSIVE: ‘Protecting your wife is not a crime’: Heavily tattooed ‘Muslim soldier with a Lamborghini body’, 29, vows to defend his name after he was charged with ‘assaulting a men’s accessories designer, 58, at the gym’
- Hossein Balapour, 29, is alleged to have assaulted men’s accessories designer
- Balapour rose to social media stardom as bodybuilder ‘Yakiboy’ last year
- Raymond Carl, 58, claimed 197cm bodybuilder grabbed him by the throat
- The Iranian refugee denies the assault, claims ‘protecting wife not a crime’
- ‘Protecting your wife is not a crime, nor should it be treated as such’
A hulking model famous for posting videos of his rippling muscles has vowed to defend a police charge, saying he was simply protecting his wife and did not assault anyone.
Police allege Instagram personality Hossein ‘Yakiboy’ Balapour, 29, assaulted a 58-year-old men’s accessories designer outside a Sydney gym late last year.
Raymond Carl claimed the 197cm bodybuilder with gold teeth grabbed him by the throat after a morning gym session on December 1, a court document said.
Mr Balapour denies assaulting Mr Carl, telling police that he rushed to confront the bracelet-maker after his wife rang and he was worried she was in danger.
Hossein ‘Yakiboy’ Balapour has vowed to defend an assault charge, with a statement from his lawyer saying ‘protecting your wife is not a crime, nor should it be’
Gym-goer and men’s accessories designer Raymond Carl claims ‘Yakiboy’ grabbed him by the throat following a confrontation outside a gym in south Sydney
There are claims his wife had got into an argument with Mr Carl over gym equipment that morning.
The altercation on the street followed shortly after and ended up with Mr Balapour in front of a court.
Mr Balapour is ‘very disappointed police have sought to pursue a criminal charge in the circumstances,’ his lawyer Abdul Reslan said.
‘He will be defending the charge vigorously and is eager for the matter to be heard before the appropriate forum.’
‘Protecting your wife is not a crime, nor should it be treated as such.’
Police documents said Mr Balapour confronted Mr Carl with the claim he had told his wife to ‘f*** off’, which Mr Carl denied at the scene.
Mr Carl claimed that he was then grabbed by the throat, although his breathing was not cut off.
Mr Balapour claims he was worried about his wife (left) when the altercation occurred
Mr Balapour captured headlines last year for describing himself as a ‘Muslim shia soldier’ while strutting about in Versace and baring his diamond-and-gold teet
The matter between Mr Balapour and Mr Carl will return to court for a hearing on April 11
He reported the alleged assault to police and the matter was mentioned at the Downing Centre Local Court last month.
Mr Balapour maintains the pair only had a verbal argument, Daily Mail Australia understands.
Meanwhile, sources said Mr Carl stands by his statement to police and has denied that Mr Balapour’s wife was threatened ‘in any way, shape or form.’
Mr Carl declined to comment as it would ‘fuel more coverage or notoriety that benefits Mr Balapour’.
Mr Balapour was bailed to report to a police station once a week and the case will go before a magistrate for hearing on April 11, a court spokeswoman confirmed.
AN IRANIAN REFUGEE WITH A ‘LAMBORGHINI BODY’: WHO IS INSTAGRAM STAR YAKIBOY?
Yakiboy rose to social media stardom last year following an endless series of pictures like this
‘Yakiboy’ caught fire on social media last year after relentlessly posting nude photos where his private parts were covered with a pizza emoji.
The man behind the Instagram account with 186,000 Instagram followers is Hossein Balapour, an Iranian refugee who fled to Australia by boat.
Mr Balapour captured headlines last year for describing himself as a ‘Muslim shia soldier’ while strutting about in Versace and baring his gold teeth.
He makes money modelling, telling Daily Mail Australia last year: ‘I’m six foot five, why shouldn’t I make money from my body?’
Mr Balapour described how – before he was a married father – he used to tell women his body was a ‘Lamborghini’.
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