EXCLUSIVE: Twist in socialite love scandal as Hollie Nasser’s former banker flies to Hawaii after being accused of attacking a bartender at a fancy venue and quits his job at Citibank
- Public fight at eastern suburbs hotspot
- Former Citibank executive is on vacation in Hawaii
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The ex-boyfriend of socialite Hollie Nasser, whose 2021 breakup became a cause celebre in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, has had a rough few months after getting involved in a sunset brawl at a posh Rose Bay bar.
James Hodgman began dating Ms Nasser following the demise of her short-lived relationship with investor Charlie Aitken, the ex-husband of her best friend Ellie Aitken, but they quietly split earlier this year.
With his last romance over, Mr Hodgman, a father of four, now appears to be on a career hiatus following an incident in February when he fought with two staff members in the Empire Lounge at the Sydney Seaplanes terminal..
Hodgman was arrested on February 17 and charged with assaulting bartender Bipin Bhattarai and the venue’s manager, Michael-Ross Mendoza Bray.
He is due to appear in court in December on the charges.
James Hodgman (right), the ex-boyfriend of socialite Hollie Nasser (left), has had a rough few months after they got involved in a sunset brawl at a posh Rose Bay bar.
Mr Hodgman now appears to be on a career hiatus following an incident in February when he fought with two staff members at Rose Bay’s Empire Lounge (pictured)
Marriage scandal in the eastern suburbs
Sydney socialite Ellie Aitken’s life was turned upside down in late 2021 when her husband Charlie Aitken, a high-profile investment banker, ran off with her best friend Hollie Nasser, ending two marriages in the process.
The move caused a scandal in the tight-knit eastern suburbs, particularly as Hollie was not only Ellie’s best friend, but was married to Charlie’s business partner Christopher Nasser.
Despite the drama, the Aitkens tried to stay on good terms during the separation for the sake of their two children.
In May 2021, Daily Mail Australia revealed that Hollie and Charlie had quietly broken up, noting that the public pressure was too much for them.
Christopher and Hollie Nasser are pictured with Ellie and Charlie Aitken
Built over the sparkling waters of Rose Bay, the Empire Lounge is home to Sydney Seaplanes, a well-known restaurant and watering hole in the eastern suburbs.
Hodgman had the world at his feet: a young family, a comfortable life on the east side of town, and a well-paying executive position at Citibank, home to big bonuses.
But when his personal life hit a snag and their relationship ended, Hodgman seems to have decided parted ways with the bank recently.
“I can confirm the resignation of James Hodgman,” a Citibank employee told Daily Mail Australia.
He marked his departure from the company with farewell drinks at Paddington’s Four in Hand hotel alongside his former colleagues.
Bartender Bipin Bhattarai (pictured) was one of two staff members allegedly assaulted by Mr Hodgman in February at the Empire Lounge.
Citibank employees attended the Four in Hand Hotel in Paddington for Mr Hodgman’s farewell drinks in June. Mr Hodgman is in a circle
“To my best friends at Citi 13 amazing years love every one of you amazing memories thank you,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.
Unemployment doesn’t seem to bother Hodgman, with his Instagram profile showing him living the dream on Waikiki beach.
Mr. Hodgman’s relationship with the mother of two Nasser followed his split from ex-wife Nicole ‘Nikki’ Crebar, with whom he shares four children, some 18 months ago.
The couple were the talk of Sydney’s eastern suburbs in the mid-2000s thanks to their good looks and seemingly limitless career success..
Ms. Crebar previously worked for ACP, the publishing arm of Kerry Packer, and now runs The Event Group, a fashion and lifestyle production company.
Hodgman, who recently left his job at City Bank, appears to be living an idyllic lifestyle on the beach in Hawaii, according to his Instagram account.
Hodgman’s relationship with Nasser followed his split from ex-wife Nicole ‘Nikki’ Crebar, with whom he shares four children, about 18 months ago. (They appear together in 2011)