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Australian gamer charged after livestream assault

AFP, SYDNEY

A Sydney gamer heard on a livestream allegedly hitting a woman was charged yesterday with assault by Australian police, after the incident went viral on social media.

The 26-year-old was using the Twitch video platform to broadcast himself playing the popular shoot’em-up survival game Fortnite when the alleged assault happened on Sunday night.

Footage shared on Twitter showed the man, who was not named, shouting to someone off-screen: “I said I’ll be out soon” before moving away from the computer monitor.

A woman’s voice is later heard saying: “Woman basher” and yells: “You hit me in the face. Don’t you dare touch my face. You hear that, all you people there?”

The argument continues, with further yelling and crying off-screen as the man moves to and from his monitor and shouts: “Leave me alone.”

In a second video, more yelling is heard between the pair as a child cries nearby. Both videos were retweeted thousands of times.

New South Wales state police said someone watching the live feed called officers, who arrested the man at his home in the southwest Sydney suburb of Oran Park on Sunday.

He was charged with common assault and bailed to appear in court on Thursday. Police also served him with an order that prohibits him from harassing, threatening and intimidating behavior.

Police said that two girls — aged three and 20 months — were in the home at the time.

The 21-year-old woman was “not seriously injured,” but was “distressed and shaken by the incident,” they added in a statement.

Local media reported that she was either his partner or wife.

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