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AFL star Ben Cousin’s ex denies threatening to ban him from seeing his kids unless he paid her

The ex-partner of fallen AFL star Ben Cousins has denied threatening to refuse him access to their children unless he shared the profits of a paid television interview.

Cousins has pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking and 20 counts of breaching a family violence restraining order relating to his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff, in Perth in April this year.

The former West Coast Eagles captain, who has been behind bars since April after police found him in East Victoria Park in possession of about 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, is facing trial in Armadale Magistrates Court.

Ms Tinecheff told the court Cousins relentlessly tried to contact her and their two young children despite being prohibited from doing so, and that he only sporadically paid child support.

Cousins has pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking and 20 counts of breaching a family violence restraining order relating to his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff

Cousins has pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking and 20 counts of breaching a family violence restraining order relating to his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff

Ben Cousins' ex Maylea Tinecheff (pictured leaving court on Thursday) denied threatening to refuse him access to their two children

Ben Cousins’ ex Maylea Tinecheff (pictured leaving court on Thursday) denied threatening to refuse him access to their two children

Maylea Tinecheff, ex girlfriend of Ben Cousin leaves Armadale court, Perth on Thursday

Maylea Tinecheff, ex girlfriend of Ben Cousin leaves Armadale court, Perth

Maylea Tinecheff, ex girlfriend of Ben Cousin leaves Armadale court, Perth

Cousins was spotted having a park play date with his ex girlfriend and children in late 2019

Cousins was spotted having a park play date with his ex girlfriend and children in late 2019

She and the children moved house in April because Cousins’ behaviour was ‘out of control’, she said.

Ms Tinecheff on Thursday was asked about her contact with a friend of Cousins after his appearance in a ‘tell-all’ interview on the Seven Network in March.

‘Did you tell (her), ‘Unless Ben starts paying me money, he’s not going to see his children’?’ Cousins’ lawyer Julie Condon QC asked, noting that Cousins had been paid about $100,000 for the interview which is believed to have been placed into a trust.

‘No way. I wouldn’t say that,’ Ms Tinecheff replied

‘That’s not the issue. I haven’t had any money from Ben for a long, long, long time and I’ve always allowed him to see the children unless he’s a mess.’

Phone records showed calls were made to Cousins from Ms Tinecheff’s phone on the day of the first alleged breach, Ms Condon said.

Cousins' mother Stephanie appeared in court to support her son on Thursday (pictured)

Cousins’ mother Stephanie appeared in court to support her son on Thursday (pictured)

The 42-year-old has had well-documented issues with meth addiction and 22 convictions for VRO breaches, 20 of which resulted in a prison sentence

The 42-year-old has had well-documented issues with meth addiction and 22 convictions for VRO breaches, 20 of which resulted in a prison sentence

Cousins pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking and 20 counts of breaching a family violence restraining order relating to his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff (pictured together), in April this year

Cousins pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking and 20 counts of breaching a family violence restraining order relating to his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff (pictured together), in April this year

Ms Tinecheff said it would likely have been the children but later said she couldn’t remember her conversations from the period.

During the combative cross-examination, she denied trying to keep Cousins away from the children when it suited her.

‘I’m not on trial here… you’re making me feel like I am,’ Ms Tinecheff said.

‘I haven’t done anything wrong here. There’s no vindictiveness or anything.’

Ms Tinecheff was also asked about her conviction last year for driving with methamphetamine in her system while her children were in the car, describing it as a ‘minimal reading’.

Asked whether she was applying double standards, Ms Tinecheff said there was no comparison between her behaviour and that of Cousins.

‘If I was behaving in the manner that he was, if my children were petrified of me and they were getting screamed and yelled at … you haven’t seen him in that condition,’ she said.

‘He is not safe to be with the children.’

The former West Coast Eagles captain has been behind bars since April after police found him in East Victoria Park in possession of 2.5 grams of methamphetamine

The former West Coast Eagles captain has been behind bars since April after police found him in East Victoria Park in possession of 2.5 grams of methamphetamine

'You got on TV and humiliated all of your family, both sides, and left a mark on the kids' lives permanently showing no remorse, no love other than love for yourself, drugs and your filthy lifestyle,' Ms Tinecheff said. Cousins is pictured in a TV documentary

‘You got on TV and humiliated all of your family, both sides, and left a mark on the kids’ lives permanently showing no remorse, no love other than love for yourself, drugs and your filthy lifestyle,’ Ms Tinecheff said. Cousins is pictured in a TV documentary

The court previously heard Ms Tinecheff had sent Cousins a text message urging him not to call again and criticising his appearance in a paid ‘tell-all’ documentary on the Seven Network in March.

‘You have no rights in the kids’ lives – you don’t consider them, your actions have proved that over and over again,’ she wrote.

‘You got on TV and humiliated all of your family, both sides, and left a mark on the kids’ lives permanently showing no remorse, no love other than love for yourself, drugs and your filthy lifestyle.

‘You haven’t contributed to their existence… you’re a gross human being, not their dad. They are too good for you.’

Ms Tinecheff claimed Cousins was ‘clearly drug-affected’ in the documentary, in which the Brownlow medallist apologised for bringing the Eagles into disrepute.

Cousins has previously served almost a year behind bars for stalking Ms Tinecheff.

The 42-year-old has had well-documented issues with meth addiction and 22 convictions for VRO breaches, 20 of which resulted in a prison sentence.

Ms Condon has flagged that Cousins intends to apply for bail.

The trial continues.

Pictured: Cousins looking healthy and happy at the play date

Pictured: Cousins with his son

Cousins was spotted having a park play date with his ex girlfriend and children in late 2019

Ms Tinecheff said Cousins had also screamed at their children over the phone after she refused to let him see them for Easter, allegedly saying 'why are you not answering my calls, I hate your mum ... you love mum more than me'

Ms Tinecheff said Cousins had also screamed at their children over the phone after she refused to let him see them for Easter, allegedly saying ‘why are you not answering my calls, I hate your mum … you love mum more than me’

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