Legendary party animal Corey Worthington is back in the spotlight after being charged with a savage assault.
Worthington, now 31, was charged by detectives from the Crime Investigation Unit with deliberately causing injury and will appear before Geelong Magistrates’ Court in southwest Victoria in May.
The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Worthington became a global sensation when he was just 16 for throwing an out-of-control party at his parents’ Narre Warren’s house while his mother Jo and stepfather Stephen Delaney were on holiday on the Gold Coast in 2008.
Corey Worthington transformed his body to become a Ninja Warrior contestant
A polished Corey Worthington had fought hard to get his life back on track after the infamous 2008 party incident
A public list from the court shows that Worthington has not yet engaged an attorney to represent him at the upcoming hearing.
It remains unclear how the police allegations against Worthington are being made.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Worthington on Thursday, but he did not respond.
Worthington, a virtual pioneer of the power of social media, posted an open invitation to his 2008 party on MySpace, which led to more than 500 people entering the house on Saturday night.
A riot soon broke out as revelers pelted police with broken bottles, damaging cars and surrounding property.
It was only brought under control after more than 30 officers, the dog squad and the police helicopter descended on the party and sealed it off.
While the party made Worthington a hero among his friends, it was his unrepentant interview with A Current Affair’s Leila McKinnon that made him an online sensation.
Decked out in outrageous yellow sunglasses, bright yellow hair and a floral cap, Worthington faced the cameras and refused to take responsibility.
When McKinnon asked Worthington to remove his sunglasses, the petulant party king refused.
“No, no, I’ll leave these on. I like them,’ he replied.
Worthington appeared in a 2021 ad wearing his semi-iconic yellow-rimmed sunglasses
Worthington leading up to his performance in Ninja Warrior
Although he said he was sorry, he added, “I can’t exactly be blamed for everything that happened, it wasn’t in the house, it was out in the street and I didn’t do it.”
“The police told you to stay inside so you don’t get in trouble, and I did as he said, so—”
As McKinnon urged him to apologize further and show his face, he added, “I’m sorry, but I’m not taking off my glasses…”
After finding fame in 2008, Corey starred in season eight of Big Brother later that year.
In 2018, he returned to reality television in the second season of Australian Ninja Warrior where he debuted his muscular physique.
“Great experience and great people,” he said of his experience with Ninja Warrior.
In 2018, he told The Fix that he spent a decade trying to live up to his wild reputation after his house party went viral.
“It was a great ride,” he says proudly of his disgrace. “That’s the role I was thrown into and I’ve owned it as much as I could.”
He later had the words “Not Sorry” inked across his fingers.
In 2021, Worthington was featured in a television commercial appealing to an insurance company.
“I’m Corey Worthington, but you can call me Corey Trust Worthington, because I’m a changed man,” he said.
“I’ve put all that behind me and that’s why ShareCover asked me to be your guide to help protect your vacation home from damage.”
Corey Worthington (right), seated with 2008 Big Brother hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O
Worthington refused to remove his sunglasses during this interview with ACA after the 2008 party
Worthington had made strides to dispel the bad boy image he embraced for years after his instant fame.
He married long-time girlfriend, Mel Borg, in 2015 and became a father.
At the time, he proudly showed off his beautiful new home and claimed to have seen the error of his ways and mended the rift with his parents.
Worthington had his partying down and met Mel through mutual friends, ironically, at a party hosted by friends.
His father Steve was invited to witness and their wedding and the festivities in Bali ended at a somewhat respectable 2am.
When Worthington returned to ACA that year, he told McKinnon he was just a kid when they first met
“I was 16, had fun and yes, I will always have the yellow sunglasses close to my heart,” he said at the time.