“Fallen TV Star” Scott Burgess (Water Rats, Above the Law, The Great Bookie Robbery, 1915) told A Current Affair tonight of a dispute with his wife that has cut short his acting career and sees him working for $17.50 an hour in a boat yard.
Behind the story lays a broken relationship, multi-million dollar assets, insurance claims and apprehended violence orders.
Burgess admitted he slapped his partner of 20 years and mother of his children, Tracy Jones.
Burgess said his wife was a skilled accountant, looking after their finances, but after the birth of their third child Jones took ill and cashed in insurance policies claiming she could no longer work.
Burgess claims he stumbled onto some money he knew nothing about. Burgess says when he brought up questions about financial matters he “lost it.”
“I slapped her and I threw her on the lounge,” he said. “It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life. I have a great deal of remorse for that.”
A tearful Burgess spoke about wanting to watch his kids grow.
Jones is said to have been awarded a $300,000 lump sum insurance payment and $17,000 a month in compo payments. Burgess pays $250 a week in child support.
More of the story described an apprehended violence order taken out by Jones who, according to ACA, “cut off all access to their $4m fortune.” It also featured two other men who questioned Jones’ incapacity to work.
Throughout the ACA story there were surreptitiously filmed shots of Jones in car parks. Reporter Chris Eccleston confronted her but she evaded his questions.
So far, only one side of this story appears to have been told.
ACA said it requested a formal interview with Jones but she declined.