Actor and former rugby league player Ian Roberts has pleaded not guilty to a charge of common assault after an alleged domestic altercation with his partner Benjamin Prideaux last weekend.

Roberts, 40, denied the charge in Downing Centre Local Court yesterday.

The charge followed an alleged domestic altercation in Potts Point last Saturday.

A lawyer for Roberts told the court his client absolutely denies any wrongdoing in any respect.

The matter will be heard again at the Downing Centre on 16 August.

Roberts remains bound by an interim apprehended violence order Prideaux took out against him on the weekend.

Under the terms of the AVO, Roberts is not allowed to contact Prideaux, 30, except through his lawyers.

Magistrate Antony Townsden extended the order yesterday to block Roberts from going within 50m of Prideaux or his home.

The order also says Roberts must not intimidate or harass Prideaux.

Roberts, who appears in the new film Superman Returns, refused to comment as he left court yesterday.

In a statement released later yesterday afternoon through his publicist, the actor said he was confident the charge against him would be dismissed, Australian Associated Press reported.

For the sake of convenience today, however, Ian consented to interim orders being made without making any admission pending the hearing, publicist Niki White said in the statement.

We are confident that when all the evidence is finally before the court, the charge against Ian will be dismissed.

Roberts is reportedly planning a move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.

Prideaux was also in court yesterday and declined to comment as he left.

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