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Dr Tim Steel is seen holidaying on Hayman Island as ex-wife Emma Steel steps out with new boyfriend

Dr Tim Steel is seen holidaying on Hayman Island as ex-wife Emma Steel steps out with new boyfriend

The brain surgeon ex-husband of socialite Emma Steel – who wrongly accused him of assault in a sensational court case – has been spotted holidaying with their two daughters in Queensland. 

Dr Tim Steel has been enjoying the sun on Hayman Island this week, along with Ms Steel’s son Jack from her previous marriage to champion jockey Shane Dye. 

Jack Dye gave evidence for his stepfather when Ms Steel falsely claimed her then husband had assaulted her in their palatial home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. 

The neurosurgeon and his children have been accompanied during their summer break by the girls’ nanny, a family friend.

Dr Steel was photographed at the resort days after Ms Steel was seen enjoying a romantic date with her plastic surgeon boyfriend Dr Alireza Fallahi at Coogee in Sydney. 

Neurosurgeon Dr Tim Steel (right), whose ex-wife Emma Steel wrongly accused him of assault two years ago, has been holidaying on Hayman Island with the former couple’s two daughters. Accompanying them is the girls’ nanny (centre) and Ms Steel’s son Jack Dye (left) 

'This is the first real holiday that Dr Steel has been able to have with his family in almost two years,' the neurosurgeon's lawyer Paul McGirr said. Dr Steel is pictured behind his daughters' nanny, a family friend

‘This is the first real holiday that Dr Steel has been able to have with his family in almost two years,’ the neurosurgeon’s lawyer Paul McGirr said. Dr Steel is pictured behind his daughters’ nanny, a family friend

Dr Steel was photographed at the resort days after Ms Steel was seen enjoying a romantic date with her plastic surgeon boyfriend Dr Alireza Fallahi at Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs (pictured)

Dr Steel was photographed at the resort days after Ms Steel was seen enjoying a romantic date with her plastic surgeon boyfriend Dr Alireza Fallahi at Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs (pictured) 

Dr Steel’s lawyer Paul McGirr confirmed the young woman with Dr Steel and his daughters was the girls’ nanny and not some new love interest. 

‘This is the first real holiday that Dr Steel has been able to have with his family in almost two years,’ Mr McGirr told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘The lady is a family friend and the family nanny for his two younger children. There is absolutely no type of romantic relationship with this lady.’

Dr Steel, who is in late 50s and has stayed in good shape, was seen swimming alongside his daughters while Jack Dye and the bikini-clad nanny soaked up the sun by the pool. 

Daily Mail Australia understands Dr Steel is single, while 43-year-old Ms Steel appears to have moved on and found happiness with Dr Fallahi after her latest marriage breakdown.

The pair was first linked in the weeks after she gave evidence against her second husband in their bitter legal dispute. 

Dr Steel's lawyer confirmed the young woman with Dr Steel and his daughters was the girls' nanny and not some new love interest. 'There is absolutely no type of romantic relationship with this lady,' Paul McGirr told Daily Mail Australia. Dr Steel is pictured with the nanny

Dr Steel’s lawyer confirmed the young woman with Dr Steel and his daughters was the girls’ nanny and not some new love interest. ‘There is absolutely no type of romantic relationship with this lady,’ Paul McGirr told Daily Mail Australia. Dr Steel is pictured with the nanny

Daily Mail Australia understands Dr Steel is single, while 43-year-old Ms Steel appears to have moved on and found happiness with Dr Fallahi after her latest marriage breakdown

Daily Mail Australia understands Dr Steel is single, while 43-year-old Ms Steel appears to have moved on and found happiness with Dr Fallahi after her latest marriage breakdown

Dr Steel was married to Emma Steel for 11 years before the couple faced off in an assault case heard in Downing Centre Local Court in July 2020. He is pictured centre next to his children's nanny on Hayman Island this week

Dr Steel was married to Emma Steel for 11 years before the couple faced off in an assault case heard in Downing Centre Local Court in July 2020. He is pictured centre next to his children’s nanny on Hayman Island this week

Ms Steel was all smiles as she and Dr Fallahi took her pet Pomeranian for a stroll through the eastern suburb on Sunday.

She wore an ankle-length red cut-out dress for the occasion, at one point carrying her stilettos in her hand as she took photos of the dog on her phone.

Ms Steel was married to Dr Steel for 11 years before the couple faced off in an assault case heard in Downing Centre Local Court in July 2020.

During that four-day hearing Ms Steel accused the father of her daughters of financial abuse despite him giving her an allowance of up to $24,000 a month.

Dr Steel, who had a $23million property portfolio, was accused of punching, slapping and kicking Ms Steel the morning after a Christmas party in 2019.

Charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and damaging property were thrown out after magistrate Vivien Swain found inconsistencies in Ms Steel’s evidence.

Charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and damaging property against Dr Steel were thrown out after a magistrate inconsistencies in Ms Steel's evidence. Dr Steel is pictured in the pool at Hayman Island with Ms Steel's son Jack Dye standing

Charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and damaging property against Dr Steel were thrown out after a magistrate inconsistencies in Ms Steel’s evidence. Dr Steel is pictured in the pool at Hayman Island with Ms Steel’s son Jack Dye standing

During a four-day hearing Ms Steel accused the father of her daughters of financial abuse despite him giving her an allowance of up to $24,000 a month. The former couple is pictured

During a four-day hearing Ms Steel accused the father of her daughters of financial abuse despite him giving her an allowance of up to $24,000 a month. The former couple is pictured

In court, Mr McGirr had described Ms Steel as a witness of ‘very little credit’ and an ‘unhinged person’ who made up allegations against her husband.

‘I relation to her, she will make up anything to suit herself,’ Mr McGirr said.

‘The catalyst for all this is money. She was treating Dr Steel like a walking ATM.’

Ms Steel began her relationship with Shane Dye when she was a 19-year-old model known as Emma-Kate Sullivan and they were together for six years before tying the knot. 

The former couple’s then 19-year-old son Jack gave evidence against his mother at the assault hearing, describing her obsession with household finances.

Jack Dye said his mother regularly complained Dr Steel was stingy with money, despite her being paid an allowance of $24,000 a month.

Dr Steel, a senior neurosurgeon at St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, had been unable to practise due to the charges against him but has since returned to work

Dr Steel, a senior neurosurgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, had been unable to practise due to the charges against him but has since returned to work

Ms Steel had also claimed in evidence her husband was having an affair and suggested he cut up a lacy red pair of her underwear.

‘Dr Steel was the victim of her vicious attacks,’ Mr McGirr told the court.

‘Poor old Dr Steel is the one getting his reputation sullied. Emma Steel is a woman who is playing the system and playing the victim.’

Dr Steel had told the court how his work Christmas party in 2019 descended into police being called to the couple’s Bellevue Hill home the next morning.

Ms Steel, a onetime television host, alleged her husband had been having an affair with his secretary, with whom he was in a hotel room on the night of the Christmas party.

Dr Steel categorically denied assaulting his wife or ever having an affair with the receptionist – or anyone else – during their marriage.

He said he had been sound asleep on the morning after the party, face down in bed, when his wife woke him up by scratching his back and head.

‘I was awoken by severe pain in my back and behind my ears,’ he said. ‘I was hit about three or four times.’

Ms Steel alleged in July 2020 her husband had been having an affair with his secretary. Dr Steel categorically denied ever having an affair with anyone else. He is pictured right in a pool on Hayman Island this week

Ms Steel alleged in July 2020 her husband had been having an affair with his secretary. Dr Steel categorically denied ever having an affair with anyone else. He is pictured right in a pool on Hayman Island this week

From the time police arrived at the Steel family home Dr Steel maintained he had only acted in self defence and Ms Swain found nothing to disprove that.

Any injuries Ms Steel sustained were the result of Dr Steel protecting himself against an attack by his wife.

‘I am satisfied that there is a reasonable possibility that the accused believed his conduct was necessary in order to defend himself,’ Ms Swain said.

‘I am satisfied that the way in which the scuffle occurred and the injuries that were occasioned to the complainant, that that was a reasonable response in the circumstances as the accused perceived them.’

In court, Dr Steel described a troubled marriage and alleged his wife had previously attacked him.

‘She is regularly aggressive,’ he said. ‘Regularly confrontational and regularly demanding.

‘When she is confronted by difficulties her behaviour deteriorates. Certainly verbal abuse is common and verbal denigration is almost constant.’

Jack Dye, then 19, told a magistrate in July 2020 his mother regularly complained Dr Steel was stingy with money, despite her being paid an allowance of $24,000 a month. Mr Dye is pictured leaving Downing Centre Local Court

Jack Dye, then 19, told a magistrate in July 2020 his mother regularly complained Dr Steel was stingy with money, despite her being paid an allowance of $24,000 a month. Mr Dye is pictured leaving Downing Centre Local Court 

Ms Steel claimed she was the victim of ongoing financial abuse, which Ms Swain discounted. ‘I am not satisfied that that is made out either,’ she said.

Ms Steel told the court her husband gave her $10,000 a month for personal expenses and $10,000 to run their household but sometimes the total sum was up to $24,000.

Dr Steel said the household allowance covered costs including their children’s expenses, after-school activities, clothing and groceries.

It did not go towards bills such as rates, utilities, school fees, holidays, motor vehicle expenses, insurance, takeaway food or restaurant meals.

The court heard in total Ms Steel received $175,902 in regular payment over seven months in 2019, which included a top-up of $30,902 to the $2,500-a-month she was given.

Ms Steel told a magistrate her husband gave her $10,000 a month for personal expenses and $10,000 to run their household but sometimes the total sum was up to $24,000

Ms Steel told a magistrate her husband gave her $10,000 a month for personal expenses and $10,000 to run their household but sometimes the total sum was up to $24,000

Mr McGirr said it was ‘farcical’ under those circumstances for Ms Steel to claim financial abuse.

‘I was living within our means of a four to six million annual salary,’ she said.

‘I was spending five per cent of our annual income.’

Ms Steel claimed she was in fear of her husband and police had applied for an apprehended violence order against him.

‘I’m petrified because of the ongoing abuse,’ she told police.

Ms Swain dismissed the AVO application, finding while Ms Steel may hold fears ‘I am not satisfied those fears are based on reasonable grounds’.

Dr Steel, a senior neurosurgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, had been unable to practise due to the charges against him but has since returned to work.

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