As reported on www.news.com.au
BRA Boy Koby Abberton has denied punching a man in the face during a nightclub brawl in Hawaii, claiming it was a case of mistaken identity.
In Los Angeles for the US premiere of his Bra Boys documentary, Abberton, 28, told The Sunday Telegraph: “Nothing really happened. It wasn’t even me.”
The Sydney professional big-wave surfer has been charged with assault after a fight outside a club on March 8.
Hawaiian police have accused Abberton of hitting a man who was attempting to break up the brawl, which involved as many as eight men.
Abberton is due to appear in a Honolulu court on May 1.
“They (the witnesses) made a report of a guy with this coloured shirt on and a tattoo on his neck and the guy (the victim) seen me and said, ‘It’s not him’,” Abberton said. “I was around the area … but it wasn’t me.”
Abberton is notorious for his bad-boy reputation. He allegedly clashed with a security guard outside popular Bondi nightspot Ravesi’s in December but no charges were laid.
In 2005, his brother Jai was acquitted over the murder of Sydney standover man Anthony Hines and Abberton beat an accessory-to-murder charge.
He was later found guilty of perverting the course of justice for which he received a nine-month suspended sentence.
The documentary, Bra Boys – a Maroubra-based surfing gang – tells the story of Abberton and his brothers being forced to raise themselves because of their mother’s heroin addiction.