Embattled footballer Sam Burgess has hit back at his ex-wife after she accused him of domestic violence in a newspaper article.
Burgess's lawyer Bryan Wrench suggested Phoebe Burgess or her father Mitchell Hooke might have committed contempt of court by co-operating with the media.
Mr Wrench raised his concerns during the mention of an apprehended violence order involving the South Sydney Rabbitohs legend at Moss Vale Local Court on Wednesday.
He said Phoebe Burgess had made a 50-page statement to police about her ex-husband which had never been seen by him but which appeared in The Australian newspaper.
'To be quite blunt, it appears that this is born out of either malice or retaliation,' Mr Wrench told the court.
Embattled footballer Sam Burgess (pictured) has hit back at his ex-wife after she accused him of domestic violence in a newspaper article
Burgess's lawyer Bryan Wrench (pictured) suggested Phoebe Burgess or her father Mitchell Hooke might have committed contempt of court by co-operating with the media
Mr Wrench said Phoebe Burgess had made a 50-page statement to police about her ex-husband which had never been seen by him but which appeared in The Australian newspaper
Mr Wrench told the corut that either Phoebe Burgess or Mitchell Hooke (pictured) 'have been engaged in long conversations with The Australian'
Mr Wrench said his client had launched separate court proceedings involving his ex-wife on September 24 and six days later she had made the 50-page statement to police.
That statement had never been filed in court or provided to Burgess but was quoted at length in The Australian in what Mr Wrench described as 'orchestrated propaganda'.
Mr Wrench said his client 'categorically denied' the allegations of domestic violence in the statement.
He said there was no lawful basis for parts of the statement to appear in the media before it was heard in court.
Magistrate Ian Cheetham asked Mr Wrench who he was suggesting could have committed contempt of court.
Mr Wrench replied that either Phoebe Burgess or Mr Hooke 'have been engaged in long conversations with The Australian'.
Burgess was hit with an apprehended violence order taken out by police on behalf of Mr Hooke after an alleged confrontation between the pair last October.
He has pleaded not guilty to intimidating his 63-year-old father-in-law, who he is banned from approaching or contacting.
Mr Wrench told the same court last year Mr Hooke had made false allegations against his client, and there had been 'no violence, no intimidation, no threats'.
Burgess denied any wrongdoing. 'He wishes to fight this matter,' Mr Wrench said.
Police were called to the Hooke family home at Glenquarry, just outside Bowral, on October 19 following an 'incident'.
Mitch Hooke ran the Minerals Council of Australia where he led the charge against prime minister Kevin Rudd's failed mining tax. He is pictured with daughters Phoebe (centre) and Harriet. Mr Hooke was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2016 (pictured)
Burgess was hit with an apprehended violence order taken out by police on behalf of his father-in law Mitch Hooke after an alleged confrontation between the pair last October. Mr Hooke is pictured with his daughter Phoebe
Mr Wrench (pictured at back) was part of crisis talks with Sam, his mum Julie and brother Luke (both pictured) at the footy star's Coogee home over the weekend
It is alleged Burgess was at the property for an arranged visit with his two children who had been staying there with their 30-year-old mother.
Mr Hooke reportedly asked the dual code international to leave the property, which Burgess did, but police were called about 5pm.
A subsequent interim AVO taken out against Burgess banned him from going within 1km of the property or contacting Mr Hooke.
Mr Wrench told the court in December there had been no further 'incidents' since October 19.
'We do not want to contact the complainant,' he said. 'We have not done so since the day of the incident.'
Mr Wrench told the court Burgess 'understood his obligations' under the order.
'He does not wish to make contact with the complainant, especially when he's made false allegations about what has occurred on this day,' Mr Wrench said.
Claims of Burgess's allegedly excessive partying and accusations about his conduct towards Phoebe were made in The Australian newspaper last week.
Burgess's media lawyer Mark O'Brien has said: 'The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client.'
'It is apparent sources of the false allegations are those currently in dispute with my client over various issues.'
The NRL's integrity unit has commenced an inquiry into the fresh Burgess allegations and the New South Wales Police Force has formed Strike Force Irrabella to investigate.
Staff members at Souths have also been accused of ignoring Burgess's alleged indiscretions.
South Sydney Rabbitohs legend Sam and his ex-wife Phoebe Burgess are pictured together. Bombshell allegations have been made in a newspaper article about his alleged excessive partying habits and behaviour towards Phoebe
The Hooke family has closed ranks around Phoebe since she split with her husband. The Hooke women are pictured left to right: mother Sarah, and sisters Harriet, Jemima and Phoebe with father Mitch at the back
Among the major allegations were claims about an incident inside the Burgess home at Maroubra, in Sydney's east, in November 2018 when the father-of-two was behaving erratically.
A former teammate of Burgess will be questioned by police over Zoom this week from the UK, where he is playing in the English Super League.
Jason Clark was the person Phoebe Burgess turned to during the 2018 incident with Sam at their home, The