Roseanne Seymour, the estranged wife of former NRL star Brett Seymour, has claimed the sportsman was abusive and violent towards her during their marriage.
The 34-year-old played for the Brisbane Broncos, Cronulla Sharks and New Zealand Warriors throughout his NRL career and after a number of alcohol-related incidents, he left the NRL for England in 2011. He most recently played for English side Dewsbury in 2015.
Speaking to 9News, Roseanne claimed her husband lost “everything” due to gambling during their marriage. She said after their move overseas, Brett’s alcohol and gambling problems turned into violence. He has denied her allegations.
“He was extremely blind drunk and came into the house and just punched me straight to the ground, a big punch straight to the ground. I just fell to the ground and the attack didn’t stop there.
“He was ripping chunks of my hair out of my head. I can still recall the carpet, he was rubbing my head into the carpet and my scalp had carpet burn.”
During another alleged attack, Roseanne said she fractured two ribs. At one point, she sent an email to Brett’s family asking them to intervene.
Five months ago, Roseanne was in a coma, covered in bruises, and couldn't remember how she had gotten them. She had to be resuscitated in her home and was put on life support, she told 9News. She said Brett did not visit her in hospital.
The couple wed in 2011 and broke up in December 2018 after neighbours witnessed an alleged incident.
Brett has denied all the allegations in a written statement.
Roseanne wanted to share her story to help women going through domestic violence.
If you are impacted by assault, domestic or family violence call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. If you need help immediately, please call 000.