Legendary party animal Corey Worthington is back in the spotlight after being accused of a savage assault.
Now 31, detectives from the criminal investigation unit charged Worthington with intentionally causing injury and he will face Geelong Magistrates Court, in south-west Victoria, in May.
The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Worthington became a global sensation when she was just 16 for throwing a runaway party at her parents’ Narre Warren home while her 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 court listing shows Worthington has yet to retain an attorney to represent him at the upcoming hearing.
It is not clear how the police accusations against Worthington are phrased.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Worthington on Thursday but did not reply.
A virtual trailblazer to the powerhouses of social media, Worthington put out an open invite to his 2008 party on MySpace, drawing more than 500 people to the house on a Saturday night.
A riot soon broke out as revelers hurled broken bottles at police, 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 shut it down.
While the party made Worthington a hero among his peers, 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 smug king of the party refused.
‘Nah, nah, I’ll leave these posts. I like them,’ she replied.
Worthington appeared in a 2021 advertisement wearing his semi-iconic yellow-rimmed sunglasses.
Worthington in the lead up to his appearance in Ninja Warrior
While 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 on the street and I didn’t do it.”
“The police said to stay inside so you don’t get in trouble, and I did what they said, so…”
When McKinnon pressed him to be more apologetic and show his face, he added: “I’ll say I’m sorry, but I won’t take my glasses off…”
After finding fame in 2008, Corey starred in the eighth season of Big Brother that same year.
In 2018, he returned to reality television in the second season of Australian Ninja Warrior, showing off his muscular physique.
“Great experience and great people,” he said of his Ninja Warrior experience.
In 2018, he told The Fix that he had spent a decade trying to live up to his wild reputation after his out-of-control party went viral.
“It’s been a great trip,” he says proud of his infamy. “That’s the role I’ve been given and I’ve embraced it as much as I could.”
Later he had the words ‘I’m not sorry’ inked on his fingers.
In 2021, Worthington appeared in a television ad that talked about an insurance company.
“I’m Corey Worthington but you can call me Corey, trust Worthington because I’m a different man,” he said.
“I’ve put all of that behind me and that’s why ShareCover has asked me to be your guide in helping you protect your vacation home from harm.”
Corey Worthington (right), sitting with Big Brother 2008 hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O
Worthington refused to remove her sunglasses during this interview with ACA after the 2008 party.
Worthington had taken great strides in dispelling the bad boy image he embraced for years after his instant rise to fame.
He married his longtime girlfriend Mel Borg in 2015 and became a father.
Back then, he proudly showed off his beautiful new home and claimed to have seen the error of his ways and mended the gap with his parents.
Worthington had calmed down his festive ways and met Mel through mutual friends, ironically, at a party thrown by peers.
His father Steve was invited to be the best man and their wedding and celebrations in Bali ended at a somewhat respectable 2am.
In a return to ACA that year, Worthington told McKinnon that he was just a boy during their first meeting.
“I was 16, I had fun and yes, I will always hold the yellow sunglasses close to my heart,” she said then.