An Irish actor, who has appeared in the hit Aussie soap Home and Away, has been charged with a string of offenses after a violent incident in Sydney’s Cargo Bar on Saturday night.
Cork native Keiren Noonan appeared before Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday via video link charged with assaulting police causing actual bodily harm, resisting arrest, offensive language and failing to quit licenced premises.
Noonan, 32, who appeared as Spike in five episodes of Home and Away, was granted bail.
NSW police say the Noonan became "intoxicated" and refused to leave the Darling Harbour bar.
It is alleged he got into a "physical altercation" with plain-clothes police who identified themselves to him as they asked him to leave.
Police said in a statement: "The officer immediately started bleeding from the nose, while other police arrested the man and conveyed him to Day Street Police Station."
Noonan - who travelled to Australia to work as an electrician before being spotted for a small role in the soap - said he was "really apologetic", according to the Daily Telegraph.
He told the court from his Surry Hills Police Centre holding cell: "Your honour can I give you my version of events. I would just like to say I’m really apologetic for what happened. I would never hit anybody especially not a female police officer."
His legal aid representative then stopped him, saying: "Mr Noonan if you could refrain from talking on the public record that’s in your best interest."
A NSW police spokesman said: "The officers, who were in plain clothes, identified themselves to the man who again failed to leave the venue.
"Police will allege that a physical altercation ensued when the man pushed one officer in the chest and punched another officer in the face."
The injured officer was conveyed to St Vincent’s Hospital where she was treated for a broken nose, swelling to the face and sore teeth.
Speaking to reporters outside the police station where he spent the night, Noonan said he would be defending the charge.
“I would never hit anybody, especially not a female and especially not a female officer,” he said.
A court date for his reappearance has yet to be set.