The legal battles of former mayoral candidate and adult entertainer Lisa Lewis took another turn yesterday when she appeared in court charged with assault.
It was a plot twist worthy of afternoon television, with Lewis herself now charged with assaulting the very man who allegedly knocked her two front teeth out.
The 30-year-old was attacked during a house-warming party at her Cambridge home on September 17.
Her alleged assailant was charged over the incident.
But yesterday it was Lewis' turn in the Hamilton District Court dock, charged with one count of common assault on her alleged attacker. His name is suppressed by the courts, so the Waikato Times cannot name him.
The charge sheet puts the date of the alleged assault at September 17, the same day as the now-infamous party.
Lewis did not enter a plea and was bailed to next appear in court later this month.
She was ordered not to have any contact, direct or indirect, with the complainant.
Lewis's usual media-friendly approach was not on show yesterday and she declined to speak to the Times before and after her brief appearance.
Three supporters with her also refused to comment – but their matching t-shirts spoke volumes. Their attire sported graphic photographs of Lewis' injuries from the alleged assault on the front and back, with the words "This is what he did to Lisa" printed on both sides.
Meanwhile, Lewis is preparing for the next court appearance of her alleged attacker via social networking.
She has set up a Facebook group – Lisa Lewis' Assaulter's Sentencing – to rally the troops to the Te Awamutu District Court on November 22 for the appearance.
In a plea posted on the site, Lewis said she wanted to read a victim support statement in court. "I ask if you can be there in person (or in spirit) to give me the confidence I need to face the man," she said. "I need your support to give me the strength I feel this man has tried to take away from me."
So we all know that Lisa Lewis is no cherub, and would not have just innocently been passing around hors d'oeuvres when she landed herself on the receiving end of the punch that caused these injuries...
|Lisa Lewis' injuries|
But is there ever an excuse for a man to do that to a woman?
Charging Lisa over her behaviour that night seems like a bit of crazy tit for tat. I would love to see a photo of her victim's injuries. I sincerely doubt they would be very interesting.
Lisa has been screaming all over her own blog about the fact that her attacker has only been charged with Common Assault, as opposed to the more serious offence of Male Assaults Female. She has even written to John Key in the hope that he has some power over the police to change the charge, or the time to waste on this while in the middle of an election campaign.
One can't help but wonder why her assailant has only been charged with common assault, and if it has something to do with her occupation? Clearly, it is a case of Male Assaults Female. She is female, and he is male after all. It is pretty black and white.
Any provocation that may or may not have occurred should be irrelevant - especially if she has been charged in relation to that provocation.
One hooker + one naive young fiance + one wealthy family that don't want their son shacking up with a gold digger + one party with a lot of booze = criminal convictions all round and one very happy dentist.
Take away the booze and i doubt any of this would have happened.