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NRL star Semi Radradra's domestic violence charges dropped

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Domestic violence allegations against NRL star Semi Radradra have been dropped.

His former partner Perina Ting had accused the Parramatta Eels winger of punching her in the face in November 2014 and pushing her into a wall in 2015.

The prosecution asked for both charges to be withdrawn after Ms. Ting finished giving evidence at Parramatta Local Court today.

The outcome means Radradra no longer has the threat of an NRL ban hanging over him.

Parramatta Eels star Semi Radradra at Parramatta local court. © AAP Image/Dean Lewins Parramatta Eels star Semi Radradra at Parramatta local court. Earlier today, the court heard Ms. Ting sent a friend a message nine days before going to police saying she wished she had someone with experience that could help her "heat up the media".

"Part of your strategy was to heat the media and you needed help, correct?" Radradra's defence barrister Murugan Thangaraj SC asked Ms. Ting.

"Yes, sir," she responded.

The court heard Ms. Ting was receiving $250 a week from her estranged partner and couldn't get Centrelink payments because of his high salary.

The court heard she sent a message to the club saying she would have to "do something" if she didn't get what she was owed and later sent a message to Radradra mentioning assault allegations.

The court heard player agent Mario Tartak, who is not Radradra's agent, gave Ms. Ting's number to a journalist who interviewed her about Radradra's plans to leave the NRL.

The same journalist broke the story about the assault allegations soon after, the court heard.

The court heard Ms. Ting had given four different accounts of what the pair were arguing about before Radradra allegedly pushed her into the wall.

She told the court her face was starting to bruise when a pastor came to the house after the alleged punch.

But she said she never looked at him because she was crying and hiding her face.

She did not answer journalists' questions as she left court today.

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