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'Big, cuddly softie' Ian Roberts in Court on Assault Charge


Former rugby icon-turned-actor Ian Roberts appeared in court in Sydney yesterday to dispute assault charges made by former boyfriend, Ben Prideaux.

In the mix of this gay potboiler are a misplaced laptop computer, a sleeping stranger, a best friend who heard a different story, acting showreels, and an angry boyfriend who likes to scratch. It's a "he said, she said" story that Roberts says has been "a thorn in [his] side."

Roberts explained to a Sydney court that his former boyfriend was in hysterics at the time of the alleged assault after finding a stranger in Roberts' bed: "Ben still had not calmed down. It was a no-win situation for me...He was fanatical. He had worked himself up … I tried to calm him down. I said: 'Babe, it's me; it's all good.'"

According to Roberts' best friend, Prideaux called him following the incident and said that "Roberts was just a 'big, cuddly softie' and had not hit him."

The drama resumes, along with the trial, at the end of May.

Ex-league star 'fearful of scratches' [courier-mail]
Big softy Roberts a lover not a fighter, court told [sydney morning herald]

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  1. Dear God, he is hot.

    Posted by: Anita | Jan 11, 2007 4:27:20 PM

  2. Also, I wonder who is the top?,0.jpg

    Posted by: Anita | Jan 11, 2007 4:29:25 PM

  3. Mmmmmm, he can abuse me any day.

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 11, 2007 4:30:56 PM

  4. OMG Anita, seriously?! LOLOLOL Is that the boyfriend? HAHAHA Noooooooo. I can't stop laughing. Wow. Well, I guess that means he doesn't go for muscle guys, I'm out lol... and thanks for the laugh! =)

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 11, 2007 4:32:10 PM

  5. Lord have mercy, that man is a big heapin' helpin' of masculinity... yummy. If miss thang doesn't want him, send him our way.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 11, 2007 4:34:45 PM

  6. Holy cow, they look so different in sizes!!

    This story reminds me of Levis Kreis' song where he talks about abuse in gay relationships.

    Levis Kreis - "Man Outta Me"

    "And I was just a boy
    A scrawny little boy
    A naïve, faggot little boy
    Too confused by love to leave
    Too abused by you to see that you were
    Maniacal, certifiable
    It's comical when I'm looking back I see
    You made a man outta me."

    Posted by: Da | Jan 11, 2007 4:45:29 PM

  7. His previous long term boyfriend Shane was no better either.

    Here's some morepictures of Ian including some of him from his rugby playing career - yum.

    Posted by: ozdavid | Jan 11, 2007 5:23:39 PM

  8. He's HOT!

    I hope everything resolves itself in a positive manner. And I want Ian to have many kids. If anyone knows Ian, tell him he MUST have kids.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 11, 2007 5:48:53 PM

  9. An angry chimp. That's all I am saying.

    Posted by: Billy | Jan 11, 2007 6:36:10 PM

  10. Cory, I was about to say you're out but I'm in until I saw that pic. Alas, even I'm not that thin.

    Posted by: Jase | Jan 11, 2007 6:52:50 PM

  11. Hmmm, they definitely seem to be modeling a hetero relationship.

    Posted by: Je | Jan 11, 2007 6:54:17 PM

  12. I would prefer to see him with a boyfriend as muscular as he is but that is for purely selfish (and pornographic) reasons. For a man with so little body fat, he sure likes the twinkies. :)

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 11, 2007 7:00:07 PM

  13. Don't you just hate it when your boyfriend won't calm down when he finds a stranger in your bed? Even after you say, "It's all good"?

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 11, 2007 7:22:09 PM

  14. Finally! A muscle guy that's not into other muscle guys... he likes them thin... I have a chance! Well, not really but a boy can dream.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jan 11, 2007 7:22:52 PM

  15. I know Timothy! It's great!

    Posted by: Jorge | Jan 11, 2007 7:38:25 PM

  16. I love how he's proven himself to be a complete asshole, if not an abuser, and all you queens can see are his muscles.

    Posted by: Dylan | Jan 11, 2007 8:20:36 PM

  17. lol, Dylan..actually Cory said he would let him abuse him. ((insert crazed emoticon here))

    Posted by: Da | Jan 11, 2007 8:54:55 PM

  18. Ewwww! The boyfriend completely ruins the mental picture I had. However, if Ian wants to have kids I'm more than willing to try and get pregnant.

    Posted by: stephen | Jan 12, 2007 4:22:25 AM

  19. If he had a kid with Reichen, that would be hot.

    Posted by: gay is the new straight | Jan 12, 2007 7:21:34 AM

  20. He's seriously into twinks, look at his ex,

    Posted by: gay is the new straight | Jan 12, 2007 7:30:40 AM

  21. Dylan, in this country, his muscles are innocent until proven guilty.

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 12, 2007 9:05:36 AM

  22. Mark - in this country's gay society muscles seem to be proof of innocence.
    Dylan - right on the mark.

    Posted by: shane | Jan 12, 2007 9:50:53 AM

  23. oh for crying out loud lighten up.

    Posted by: muscleENVY | Jan 12, 2007 10:08:51 AM

  24. Dylan and Shane until he's proven guilty in a court of law, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and continue to lust after his body. I'm no more inclined to think he's innocent because I'm attracted to him than you think he's guilty simply because he is goodlooking.

    That's certainly not the case, I presume, since that would make you hypocrites.

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 12, 2007 10:12:25 AM

  25. He's innocent until proven matter how big and masc and hot he is..give him the benefit of the doubt guys!!!

    Posted by: alan brickman | Jan 12, 2007 7:32:30 PM

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