High profile media personality has serious assault charges dropped

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A high profile New Zealand media personality has had his serious assault charges dropped.

The man was facing charges of assaulting a woman with intent to injure. He had also been charged with assaulting a second person, on two separate occasions.

Those allegations have been dismissed after no evidence was offered against the man, Newshub has learned. The charges were dropped on December 21 but can only be reported on now.

The man was granted permanent name suppression by Judge David Sharp, who decided he would be caused "extreme hardship" were his identity to be made public.

Other details of the case have also been heavily suppressed.

The man pleaded not guilty to assault in the North Shore District Court in July 2018, and elected to face a jury trial which would have been held later this year.