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'No winners': Ryan Phelan breaks silence after domestic violence charges dropped

'No winners': Ryan Phelan breaks silence after domestic violence charges dropped

Channel 7 star Ryan Phelan has revealed what his focus is now after police dropped all charges relating to allegations he assaulted his partner.

Mr Phelan, 45, was accused by police of assaulting his then partner Chelsea Franklin at their home on Sydney’s northern beaches and was charged in June with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

The former host of Channel 7’s The Daily Edition and veteran sport anchor had denied all allegations and was set to face a December hearing after pleading not guilty to all charges, but they were withdrawn by police on Friday.

Speaking out for the first time since charges were dropped, Mr Phelan told 2GB’s Ben Fordham he was focused on putting it all behind him.

“When you go through something as profound as I have … it’s been a daily battle with mental health and finding the strength to deal with these things because a lot of what is happening in your world is out of your control,” he told the radio host.

“I’m trying to get some control back of my life which is extremely difficult.”

Mr Phelan said he was focused on rebuilding his reputation because it was not always enough to prove that something didn’t happen.

“You feel like your world has imploded,” he said.

“When I learned of what had been alleged I willingly participated and went to speak to police.

“I thought the matter would be cleared then and there but it didn’t transpire that way.”

He chose not to air what actually happened that night, but remained adamant that what transpired at his Frenchs Forest home “didn’t deserve” that outcome.

The TV personality said he was also grateful that “justice was served”.

“I’m mindful of protecting myself (and) I’m mindful of protecting Chelsea as well,” he said.

He said he still loved and cared for Ms Franklin.

“I don’t want her to be seen as a villain through all of this,” Mr Phelan said.

“There are always two sides and in a situation like this there are no winners.”

The court had previously heard Ms Franklin was set to be called as a witness at the hearing over the incident at Frenchs Forest on June 20.

Mr Phelan was arrested and charged on June 23 after she made a report at the local police station.

All charges have been dropped.