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Canberra Raiders star recruit pleads not guilty to assaulting police

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Canberra Raiders star recruit Curtis Scott has pleaded not guilty to six charges in a Sydney court this morning over an alleged incident with police on Australia Day.

Canberra NRL star Curtis Scott has vowed to fight to his "last breath" accusations he assaulted police during boozy Australia Day celebrations.

The 22-year-old's lawyer Danny Eid lashed the police's case after entering not guilty pleas to six charges, including two counts of assaulting a police officer, when he appeared at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court today.

Mr Eid described allegations against his client as "contextually false" and "not supported by the objective evidence".

"We will defend this to the last breath," Mr Eid said.

"The police clearly misunderstood their powers. There is a significant concern about the manner in which police conducted themselves. We'll flesh it out in due course.

"We're saying Mr Scott is not guilty of all charges."

Scott also successfully had his bail varied so he could enter the Moore Park precinct, where the NRL's headquarters are housed.

Police have alleged that they found Scott acting erratically on Driver Avenue about 12.45am on Monday.

He is accused of kicking and punching an officer before being tasered and taken to Surry Hills Police Station.

In the hours leading up to the incident Scott posted to social media videos of himself partying with Raiders teammates at The Ivy nightclub in the Sydney CBD.

Scott, who was two years ago touted as a future NSW State of Origin player, was released by Melbourne in November to sign a four-year NRL contract with Canberra.

Mr Eid said his client was expected to return to training and said there was no reason for him to be stood down from playing duties.

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NRL CEO Todd Greenberg could yet use his discretion under the "no fault" stand down policy to sideline him ahead of NRL pre-season fixtures which begin in mid-February.

Source: 9News

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