The Block’s Deanne Jolly needed to be told to keep quiet after a courtroom outburst against Daily Mail Australia in Melbourne.
Jolly fronted the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where she faces multiple allegations of domestic violence.
Her appearance came just weeks after her estranged partner Darren Jolly fronted the same magistrate on domestic violence charges of his own.
Darren and Deanne Jolly in better times during the height of their reality tv fame
A dejected Darren Jolly fronted Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in March where he faced a swag of charges
The Block’s Darren Jolly previously shared a cryptic post about ‘narcissists’ and parenting – amid marriage breakdown and custody battle with ex Deanne
Unlike her ex, who was forced to front Ringwood magistrate Ian McGrane in person, Deanne was able to appear by video link from home.
She was also represented by lawyer Julien Lowy, whereas Mr Jolly had to represent himself in court last month, claiming he could no longer afford a lawyer due to the cost of ongoing Family Court proceedings with his ex-wife.
The former AFL star, 38, faced 10 domestic violence charges dating back to last year.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Deanne faces two domestic violence charges, which cannot be mentioned for legal reasons.
The charges, which are all non-violence related offences, include allegations Deanne made inappropriate contact with her alleged victim.
Her lawyer asked the court for a short adjournment so that discussions could be held with prosecutors with a view to resolving the matter.
When the minor matter of releasing Deanne’s charge sheets to Daily Mail Australia was discussed, the ex-celeb did not hide her disappointment.
‘Sorry Deanne, there’s not much I can do,’ Mr Lowy told her via the video link.
Darren Jolly and his ex-wife Deanne in happier times.
The Jollys are trapped in the middle of an ugly separation which has seen both of them hauled before the court on domestic violence charges
Moments earlier he had told the court he was not surprised an application for the documents had been made.
‘It’s going to get some publicity,’ he said.
When Mr McGrane queried about Daily Mail Australia, Deanne could hold her tongue no longer.
‘They’re a salacious tabloid your honour,’ she interjected.
Mr Lowy jumped in to try and diffuse the situation, to no avail.
‘Yep, I won’t say anything,’ he told the court.
Deanne continued to interrupt the proceeding, claiming she was only concerned about the welfare of her daughter.
Accused criminals in a magistrates’ court are not permitted to address the magistrate when represented by a lawyer.
Mr McGrane, who is a long-time, respected magistrate, warned Deanne to remain silent.
‘Ms Jolly, you’ve got a lawyer who has been paid to speak for you,’ he said.
‘I’m sorry your honour,’ Deanne replied.
‘Better to let him do the talking otherwise you might get further publicity,’ he added.
Darren Jolly makes his way out of the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court where he faces 10 charges
Mr McGrane adjourned the matter to return to court in July.
It is the same month Darren Jolly will return to court over his criminal matters.
Jolly revealed on Instagram in October that he hadn’t been in contact with his two children since splitting with Deanne in September 2019.
Fast forward to January and the former footy great set off alarm bells when he shared a troubling Instagram post where he claimed he could not ‘go on much longer’.
He was found safe, with his new girlfriend later taking to Instagram herself to advise he was ‘receiving the best care he needs right now.’
Last month, a forlorn Jolly was told he faced 10 domestic violence charges of his own.
Appearing in a black polo shirt and jeans, Jolly said he planned to contest ‘most’ of the charges.
When asked if he had legal representation, Jolly said he planned to represent himself at a contested hearing.
‘I do have a lawyer in Family Court proceedings that are continuing, but (in relation to these charges) I’ve opted not to have a lawyer because I can’t afford one anymore. I’ve spent too much money on them,’ he said.
Outside court, Jolly looked despondent as he walked back to his car alone.
Over: Darren and Deanne announced their split in September 2019 after 15 years of marriage
Happy Days: The Jollys at the height of their reality television fame
He declined to comment when questioned by Daily Mail Australia at the time, claiming he ‘wasn’t allowed’.
Darren and Deanne Jolly were popular contestants on Channel Nine’s renovation series The Block, appearing twice in 2014 and 2015, and winning the latter season.
Jolly has made no secret of his battle with mental illness since the split.
Last year, he spoke candidly at AFL club Collingwood’s annual general meeting about his business troubles and the breakdown of his marriage.
‘Spending three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression. Leaving my 15-year marriage because I fell out of love and wanted a happier life,’ he said.
He told his former teammates his mental health became so bad around that time that he ‘almost did something stupid and ended [his] life’.
‘Everything was too much to handle and I lost control. I lost my drive to keep going, I lost my purpose in life, I lost my direction and I lost my path. I thought it was easier just to go,’ he confessed.
Legal battle: The Block’s Darren Jolly has shared a troubling Instagram post about his family situation amid his bitter legal stoush and custody battle with estranged wife Deanne
Darren Jolly (right) had a 13-year AFL career, playing premiership sides with Sydney and Collingwood.