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Harry Garside’s ex-girlfriend charged with illegally sharing intimate images of boxer in purple wig

An intimate image of the boxer Harry Garside that his ex-girlfriend is accused of illegally sharing was allegedly gifted to her and publicly shown in her living room.

The fitness influencer and self-described wellness coach Ashley Alsione Ruscoe has been hit with two new charges of intentionally distributing the intimate images of Garside without his consent.

She was previously accused of stalking and assaulting the 25-year-old boxer in July.

The offences relating to the images were allegedly committed on 27 May and again on 1 June. Garside has consented to being identified.

On Wednesday, Ruscoe’s solicitor, Bryan Wrench, said his client would plead not guilty to all charges.

He said the allegedly intimate images had been publicly displayed in the living room of the 35-year-old’s Bellevue Hill home.

“[Garside] basically gifted a picture to our client, put it on a bookend – it’s him posing in a purple wig,” Wrench told Downing Centre local court.

The assault and stalking allegedly occurred after an incident on 1 March at a home in Sydney’s east over which Garside was initially charged.

Wrench asked the court for further time so he could gain access to records from Ruscoe’s phone, which he said proved his client was innocent.

He also said his client had asked for material from Garside’s phone.

Wrench added that an interview with Garside published in the Australian newspaper on Monday, which included details of the pair’s relationship and the alleged assault, was possibly a contempt of court.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood scheduled the next court date for 8 November.

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Garside was arrested on 1 May at Sydney airport and charged with domestic violence-related common assault over the same 1 March incident.

The charge and apprehended violence order application against the boxer were formally withdrawn in June.

A plumber and boxer who wears nail polish and enjoys dancing ballet, Garside made a name for himself by defying gender stereotypes.

He won bronze in the men’s lightweight event at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first Australian in three decades to win a medal for Olympic-level boxing.

Garside has also competed in the ninth Australian season of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! where he finished second.

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