Legendary party boy Corey Worthington is back in the spotlight after being charged over a savage assault.
Now 31, Worthington was charged by crime investigation unit detectives with a charge of intentionally causing injury and is set to face Geelong Magistrates’ Court – in Victoria’s south-west – in May.
The charges carry a maximum jail 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 home while his mum Jo and stepfather Stephen Delaney were holidaying on the Gold Coast in 2008.
Corey Worthington transformed his body to become a Ninja Warrior contestant
A buffed Corey Worthington had fought hard to get his life on track following the infamous 2008 party incident
A public court listing shows Worthington has not yet engaged a lawyer to represent him at the upcoming hearing.
It remains unclear how the allegations by police against Worthington are put.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Worthington on Thursday, but he did not respond.
A virtual pioneer of the powers of social media, Worthington put an open invitation to his 2008 party on MySpace, leading to more than 500 people descending on the house on a Saturday evening.
A riot soon broke out as revellers 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 closed it down.
While the party made Worthington a hero among his mates, 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 fronted the cameras and refused to take responsibility.
When McKinnon asked Worthington to remove his sunglasses, the petulant party king refused.
‘Nah, nah, I’ll leave these on. I like them,’ he replied.
Worthington appeared in a 2021 advertisement where he wore his semi-iconic yellow-rimmed sunglasses
Worthington in the lead-up to his appearance on Ninja Warrior
While he did say he was sorry, he added: ‘I can’t be exactly blamed for everything that happened, it wasn’t in the house, it was out on the street and I didn’t do it.
‘The police said stay inside so you won’t get in trouble, and I did what he said, so…’
As McKinnon pushed him to apologise further and show his face, he added: ‘I’ll say sorry, but I’m not taking off my glasses…’
After finding fame in 2008, Corey starred on Big Brother season eight later that year.
In 2018, he returned to reality television on the second season of Australian Ninja Warrior, debuting his muscular physique.
‘Great experience and great people,’ he said of his experience on Ninja Warrior.
In 2018, he told The Fix he had spent a decade trying to live up to his wild reputation after his out-of-control house party went viral.
‘It’s been a great ride,’ he says proudly of his infamy. ‘That’s the role I’ve been chucked into and I owned it as much as I can.’
He later had the words ‘Not Sorry’ inked across his fingers.
In 2021, Worthington featured in a television advertisement spruiking 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 left all that behind and that’s why ShareCover has asked me to be your guide to help protect your holiday home from harm.’
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 following the 2008 party
Worthington had made great leaps to dispel the bad boy image he embraced for years following his instant rise to fame.
He married longtime girlfriend, Mel Borg, in 2015 and became a father.
Back then he proudly showed off his a beautiful new home and claimed to have seen the error of his ways and mended the rift with his parents.
Worthington had calmed his partying ways down and met Mel through mutual friends, ironically, at a party hosted by mates.
His father Steve was invited to be best man and their wedding and the celebrations in Bali were wound up at a somewhat respectable 2am.
In a return to ACA that year, Worthington told McKinnon he was just a kid during their first meeting
‘I was 16, had fun and yeah always will have the yellow sunnies close to heart,’ he said then.