Popular fashion designer Wayne Cooper has been charged with two counts of domestic violence-related common assault.

He has been accused of assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh. Cooper already has a prior conviction for attacking his wife.

Cooper has an apprehended violence order taken out by police to protect Marsh from him, as reported by Daily Mail. The AVO states that Cooper must not assault, threat, stalk, harass and/or intimidate Marsh and that he cannot contact her in any way unless through a lawyer.

The couple have been together for 26 years and last year they vehemently denied rumours that they’d split up.

“My wife Sarah and I are currently in Byron Bay for a friend’s birthday and looking at real estate,” Cooper said at the time.

“We are currently speaking to our lawyer regarding a course of action in response to this damaging article printed on Mother’s Day.”

Just weeks ago, the couple sold their $11 million house and bought a $5 million mansion together that’s located near Byron Bay. The couple share two children together, Ruby, 10, and Jude.

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In 2008, Cooper pleaded guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after she had cancer surgery. The charges arose after a fight that happened at the couple’s Tamarama home.

The court heard that the assault happened when Marsh demonstrated how she believed that Cooper had pushed her on holiday in Port Douglas. Cooper allegedly disagreed and demonstrated on Marsh what he believes happened by pushing her to the chest and shoulder.

“We accept… that there was a hostile intent in the end and there was an assault,” Cooper’s lawyer, Mr McClintock told the court.

While Cooper declined to comment at the time, Marsh said that she was happy with the result. “The truth came out, that’s what I’m here for,” she said.

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