James Packer’s former fiancee, model and reality television star Tziporah Malkah, has pleaded guilty to assaulting her ex-partner during an argument about marijuana and a sick cat.
But Malkah, formerly known as Kate Fischer, will not have a conviction recorded after a South n magistrate took into consideration her good record and early guilty plea.
Malkah, 44, appeared in the Victor Harbor Magistrates Court, south of Adelaide, on Tuesday afternoon to answer to allegations she assaulted her then-partner during an incident in January.
She told reporters outside court she was pleased with the outcome.
“I think I got off fairly,” she said.
“We’ve had a really good outcome today.
“I’d really like to thank you all for coming and for sharing in my joy.”
When asked by a reporter if she had a problem with police, Malkah replied, “I’ve got a problem with you” before getting into a taxi with her lawyer, Michael Kuzilny.
The court heard Malkah was drunk when police were called to the house she shared with Guy Vasey, who she had been in a relationship with for less than a year.
The two had been arguing over marijuana and Malkah had tormented Mr Vasey about his sick cat, threw groceries at him and poured milk over his head.
She then struck the sides of Mr Vasey’s face four to five times in a “cat scratching-like motion” before he left the property to call the police.
When officers arrived, Malkah was loud and abusive, swore and threw herself onto the ground.
She assaulted a policeman as she was lifted into the cage car, and was taken to the station where she continued with “drunken behaviour”.
She was placed in a cell at a different station released after 12 hours in custody.
Malkah pleaded guilty to one count of assault, one count of resisting police, three counts of assaulting a police officer and one count of disorderly behaviour.
Of the three charges relating to assaulting police, Malkah made contact with only one of the officers.
In court, Mr Kuzilny said Malkah was extremely ashamed and embarrassed by the incident, and has since recognised she had an “attitude problem”.
He said she has moved to Sydney, stopped drinking and is working to get her life back on track.
Following the hearing, Mr Kuzilny appeared alongside Malkah and said justice had been done.
“The basic take-home message is good people make mistakes and as long as we learn from them… ,” he said.
Magistrate Brian Nitschke fined Malkah $1200 plus a victims of crime levy and placed her on an 18-month good behaviour bond.