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Anthony Hess flees the country after being ‘bashed’ by bikie boss Toby Mitchell


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A man allegedly bashed by bikie boss Toby Mitchell has fled the country to avoid being questioned by police.

Anthony Hess, 39, jumped on a flight to Los Angeles on Wednesday after the Mongols president was arrested the day before.

He did not make a police statement about the October 4 incident and told Daily Mail Australia he wants the charges against Mitchell dropped.

Police seized CCTV that allegedly shows Mitchell, 45, punch Hess three times in the head outside a Melbourne cafe, terrifying onlookers.

Anthony Hess, 39, has fled the country to Los Angeles to avoid being questioned by police over allegedly being bashed by bikie boss Toby Mitchell

Police seized CCTV that allegedly shows Mitchell, 45, punch Hess three times in the head outside a Melbourne cafe on October 4

The pair, who have been close friends for eight years, were drinking outside Gilson cafe in South Yarra with other Mongols including top lieutenant Mark Balsillie.

‘We were all drinking and having a good time, everyone was in good spirits and enjoying the restrictions lifting and the nice weather,’ Hess said.

The socialite said after Mitchell allegedly hit him from behind he ran out the back door of the cafe onto the road, tripped and fell on to a car.

‘The driver drove me to the hospital, even though I insisted I was okay,’ he said.

Hess said he chalked the incident up to a drunken ‘misunderstanding’ between mates on ‘another wild night’ and thought nothing more of it.

‘I was just a drunk hot mess and things had become a bit crazy but I didn’t except the police to be involved and Toby to be charged,’ he said.

Hess pictured in hospital where he was treated for a suspected facial fracture, but refused to make a statement to police

Hess and Mitchell have been close friends for eight years, as seen in this photo from that time

‘I asked the police not to charge Toby as we were both drunk and the situation escalated.

‘The police have completely blown this out of proportion. They should just drop the charges as I never wanted him arrested.’

Hess was spotted at the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday with former Neighbours star Scarlet Vas and socialite Stephanie Mal.

Hess, who was given special permission to leave Australia despite the travel ban, said he was staying in the U.S. for some time to ‘let the whole thing blow over’. 

Mitchell faces charges of affray, intentionally causing injury and two counts of assault, which he will contest on March 12.

The veteran bikie was banned from associating with his fellow Mongols or going within 150m of the cafe as a condition of his bail.

Hess (centre) was spotted at the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday with former Neighbours star Scarlet Vas (far right) and socialite Stephanie Mal

Hess, who was given special permission to leave Australia despite the travel ban, said he was staying in the U.S. for some time to ‘let the whole thing blow over’

Detective senior constable Lauren Kane claimed Hess had refused to make a statement because he was ‘in fear for his life’.

Police instead seized his medical records, which indicated he was treated for a suspected facial fracture at The Alfred Hospital.

‘The accused assaulted a person multiple times in what appears to be an unprovoked attack,’ she said.

DSC Kane asked Melbourne Magistrates Court to deny Mitchell bail because there was an ‘unacceptable risk’ he would try to intimidate witnesses.

She alleged 10 to 15 Mongols members gathered outside the cafe a week after the incident in an ‘obvious show of strength’.

Mitchell called DSC Kane asking why police were investigating the incident after she left her business card at the cafe, the court heard.

Mitchell was banned from associating with his fellow Mongols or going within 150m of the cafe as a condition of his bail 

Mitchell shared a video of the view from his South Melbourne flat with the caption ‘from a jail cell to a dream in a day’, and a photo of a wad of cash returned to him in a sealed evidence bag

Mitchell’s lawyer Damian Sheales accused police of grandstanding over ‘the most minor incident in the world’.

‘What Mr Mitchell does is slap [the victim] with an open hand three times and the fellow doesn’t even lose his drink,’ he said.

Mr Sheales said he was ‘mystified’ why police arrested the tattooed enforcer and hauled him before court instead of just giving him a summons.

‘It’s got the smack of grandstanding about it,’ he said. 

Mitchell, who often taunts police and shows off his flashy lifestyle on social media, celebrated his release on Instagram within hours.

‘Who said you can’t get in trouble during COVID,’ he wrote. 

He then shared a video of the view from his South Melbourne flat with the caption ‘from a jail cell to a dream in a day’. 

Hess became Married at First Sight star Stacey Hampton’s best friend until their ugly falling out in July, and took her to meet Mitchell on one of her trips to Melbourne

Rap song F**k Tha Police by American group N.W.A played in the background. Another photo showed a wad of cash returned to him in a sealed evidence bag. 

Hess famously defeated Roxy Jacenko in court early this year when the PR queen tried to slap him with a restraining order.

She accused him of writing ‘Roxy is a c**t’ on the wall of her Paddington office after a heated argument at one of her speaking events, which he denied.

He subsequently became Married at First Sight star Stacey Hampton’s best friend until their ugly falling out in July.  

Hess famously defeated Roxy Jacenko in court early this year when the PR queen tried to slap him with a restraining order. He is [pictured ‘flossing’ in celebration outside court



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