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Exposed: Celebrities busted on the Gold Coast

CELEBRITIES are usually known for their glamour and wealth but these fallen stars prove not even the rich and famous can escape the law.

The Bulletin looks at the stars who have been busted on the Gold Coast and the price they paid.

 

REBECCA KLODINSKY

Rebecca Klodinsky founder of swimwear brand IIXIIST. Photo: supplied
Rebecca Klodinsky founder of swimwear brand IIXIIST. Photo: supplied

AFL wag and swimwear designer Rebecca Klodinsky was this week ordered to pay $860 for stealing an iPhone from a car wash six years ago.

Klodinsky, the former girlfriend of convicted killer Dione Lacey and partner now of Geelong Cats player Lachie Henderson, pleaded guilty on February 22 to stealing in the Southport Magistrates Court.

Rebecca Jane Klodinsky, hiding her face behind a manila folder, pleaded guilty to stealing in the Southport Magistrates Court on February 22, 2021. Picture: Jodie Callcott.
Rebecca Jane Klodinsky, hiding her face behind a manila folder, pleaded guilty to stealing in the Southport Magistrates Court on February 22, 2021. Picture: Jodie Callcott.

She was arrested on a warrant relating to a charge from 2015. The court was told Klodinsky stole a mobile phone from a car wash manager after claiming staff scratched her black Porsche coup while cleaning it.

Klodinsky was sentenced to a $500 good behaviour bond for six months and ordered to pay $860 restitution. No conviction was recorded.

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JAMES YOXON

Rapper James Yoxon fined $30K for dumping old tyres.
Rapper James Yoxon fined $30K for dumping old tyres.

Gold Coast rapper James Yoxon, who goes by the name Freewyo, faced court in August 2020 where he was fined $30,000 for a raft of charges.

He pleaded guilty to 17 charges in relation to illegally dumping waste at various locations in 2018; and one charge for carrying out environmental relevant activities without environmental authority between August 22, 2018 and November 14, 2018 at Ipswich.

He released his EP titled Way Too F***ing Dope in 2016.

 

TOMAS NOVAK

Gold Coast actor Thomas Novak was sentenced to five years prison, to be suspended after he has served six months for his role in a giant $3.7 million boiler room scheme. Picture: 9 News.
Gold Coast actor Thomas Novak was sentenced to five years prison, to be suspended after he has served six months for his role in a giant $3.7 million boiler room scheme. Picture: 9 News.

Gold Coast actor Thomas Novak was sentenced to five years prison, to be suspended after he has served six months for his role in a giant $3.7 million boiler room scheme.

The cold call scheme sold a fake computer program and a fake betting program between February 2010 and 2014.

Mr Novak was sentenced in August 2020.

His only big time work includes a minor role in 1997 Kevin Costner action film the Postman.

 

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MATT SAUNOA

Former New Zealand Idol winner Matthew Saunoa leaves Southport Magistrates Court in July 2019. Picture: Lea Emery.
Former New Zealand Idol winner Matthew Saunoa leaves Southport Magistrates Court in July 2019. Picture: Lea Emery.

Former New Zealand Idol winner Matthew Saunoa pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs, possessing tainted property, possessing drug related utensils and failing to properly dispose of a syringe in 2019.

He was sentenced in the Southport Magistrates Court to 18 months probation.

The singer shot to fame in 2006 when he won the third series of New Zealand Idol.

His winner's single Hold Out topped the New Zealand singles chart.

 

ANTHONY WATTS

The NRL bad boy, who played for Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney City Roosters before turning his back on his profession, was a regular before the courts post his career.

In 2013 Watts played for the Tugun Seahawks in the Gold Coast - Tweed Rugby League and was given an eight-week ban for biting an opponent's penis during a match.

Former NRL player Anthony Watts. Picture: Jerad Williams.
Former NRL player Anthony Watts. Picture: Jerad Williams.

Off field, he had ties with the notorious Finks and Mongols bikie gangs and faced multiple charges, spending eight months behind bars while waiting to be trialled for an assault on an elderly man in northern NSW in November 2016.

Watts was sentenced to 12 months jail for the incident, which he served in the community on an intensive corrections order.

He was also sentenced to three months in prison, to be suspended for two years, and ordered to pay $5000 in compensation to a man he assaulted at a wedding in August 2016.

Watts last appeared before the courts in January 2019 when an allegation of threatening a man was withdrawn when the complainant failed to front up.

Former NRL bad boy and ex-bikie Anthony Watts. Picture: Scott Powick.
Former NRL bad boy and ex-bikie Anthony Watts. Picture: Scott Powick.

Watts is now based in Murwillumbah, NSW, with a fiance and daughter Luka, 2, and spoke to The Bulletin early last year about his efforts to kick start a boxing career while working for a Gold Coast concreting firm.

 

JOHNNY DEPP

Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard leave the Southport Courthouseon Monday, April 18. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt
Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard leave the Southport Courthouseon Monday, April 18. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard fronted the Southport Magistrates Court in 2016 charged with illegally importing their Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into the country.

Heard was charged with two counts of illegal importation and one of producing a false document - her incoming passenger card - after allegedly smuggling the dogs into the country on a private jet in 2015 while her ex-husband was filming Pirates Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Pistol and Boo leaving Australia in 2015.
Pistol and Boo leaving Australia in 2015.

Heard and Johnny Depp starred in a video apology over the war on terriers scandal, urging people to respect Australia's biosecurity laws.

Heard was sentenced to a one month good behaviour bond of $1000 with no conviction recorded.

 

DAVE TAYLOR

Former Gold Coast Titans player Dave Taylor pictured appearing in Southport Court with his lawyer Campbell McCallum in 2016. Picture: David Clark
Former Gold Coast Titans player Dave Taylor pictured appearing in Southport Court with his lawyer Campbell McCallum in 2016. Picture: David Clark

Former Gold Coast Titan Dave Taylor in 2016 was sentenced in the Southport District Court for possessing cocaine.

The former Queensland State of Origin star was initially charged with supplying cocaine alongside former Titans Joe Vickery and Jamie Dowling in 2014 in the drugs scandal that rocked the NRL.

Taylor's charges were later downgraded and he pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing cocaine during his time at the Titans in late 2014.

He was fined $1000. No conviction was recorded.

The Bulletin in 2016 reported Taylor's decision to use cocaine cost him his marriage, home and hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary.

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jodie.callcott@news.com.au

 

 

 

Originally published as Exposed: Celebrities busted on the Gold Coast


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