Sam Burgess is CLEARED by police after ex-wife Phoebe accused him of domestic violence  

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EXCLUSIVE: Sam Burgess is CLEARED by police after ex-wife Phoebe accused him of domestic violence and drug abuse during their troubled marriage

  • Sam Burgess was accused of mistreating his wife Phoebe in newspaper stories
  • NRL star was also accused of drug abuse and wild partying during his marriage
  • Police launched an investigation which ran for a year and has now been closed
  • Burgess has been cleared of any wrongdoing, his lawyer Chris Murphy has said 


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Police have cleared Sam Burgess of any wrongdoing after a year-long investigation sparked by allegations of domestic abuse made by his ex-wife Phoebe. 

Phoebe had accused the retired NRL star of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse during their marriage.   

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The allegations were published in The Australian newspaper in October last year and denied vehemently by Burgess at the time. 

Burgess’s solicitor Chris Murphy confirmed on Wednesday after New South Wales Police had closed its investigation into his client. 

‘Re media claims against my client Sam Burgess by ex,’ he posted on Twitter. ‘NSW Police Operational Legal Advice unit just ‘recommended no criminal prosecution (s) be preferred against Sam Burgess in relation to these allegations.

‘That now concludes this investigation.’  

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Police have cleared Sam Burgess of any wrongdoing after a year-long investigation sparked by allegations of domestic abuse made by his ex-wife Phoebe.

Police have cleared Sam Burgess of any wrongdoing after a year-long investigation sparked by allegations of domestic abuse made by his ex-wife Phoebe.

Phoebe had accused the retired NRL star of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse during their marriage. The allegations were published in The Australian newspaper in October last year and denied vehemently by Burgess at the time

Phoebe had accused the retired NRL star of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse during their marriage. The allegations were published in The Australian newspaper in October last year and denied vehemently by Burgess at the time

The original reports in The Australian followed ‘a four-month investigation’ and included statements from Phoebe and her father Mitchell Hooke. 

The newspaper said the reports relied upon ‘pharmaceutical records, sworn statements to NSW Police, statutory declarations and witness accounts’.

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They also drew on ‘call logs, emails, text messages, bank records, WhatsApp exchanges and Uber receipts.’

The allegations cost Burgess his coaching job with South Sydney and commentary work with Fox Sports. 

Phoebe had made a 50-page statement to police containing claims about her former husband’s lifestyle and accusations about his conduct towards her.

Burgess was eventually cleared of having intimidated his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke (left) during a confrontation at the Hooke family's Southern Highlands home. Phoebe is pictured with Burgess

Burgess was eventually cleared of having intimidated his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke (left) during a confrontation at the Hooke family’s Southern Highlands home. Phoebe is pictured with Burgess

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The original stories came as Burgess was facing an accusation he had intimidated  Mr Hooke in a confrontation at the Hooke family’s Southern Highlands home. 

Burgess’s lawyers suggested Phoebe and her father had leaked information to The Australian ahead of the intimidation charge being heard.

The retired footballer was eventually cleared of the charge of intimidation.

He has since been in rehabilitation and appeared on the last season of SAS Australia. 

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Sam and Phoebe married in 2015, separated in late 2018 and rekindled their relationship in early 2019. 

They split permanently on October 2 that year and later divorced. They share custody of daughter Poppy, four, and Billy, two. 

Burgess is pictured with his solicitor Bryan Wrench and mother Julie at Moss Vale Local Court while defending a charge of intimidating his father-in-law

Burgess is pictured with his solicitor Bryan Wrench and mother Julie at Moss Vale Local Court while defending a charge of intimidating his father-in-law

Phoebe Burgess and her father Mitchell Hooke made allegations about Sam Burgess to The Australian newspaper which were investigated by police

Phoebe Burgess and her father Mitchell Hooke made allegations about Sam Burgess to The Australian newspaper which were investigated by police

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