Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has been accused of assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh weeks after the couple sold their $11million seaside mansion in Sydney and bought a $5million country estate in Byron Bay.

Cooper, who has previous convictions for attacking former model Marsh, was charged with two counts of common assault related to domestic violence.

The charges come just 12 months after Cooper furiously denied that he and Marsh had ended their 25-year relationship.

Fashion designer Wayne Cooper has been charged with assaulting his wife Sarah Marsh just 12 months after he furiously denied they had ended their 25-year relationship. Cooper and Marsh are pictured arriving at the launch of a Myer collection at Sydney’s Carriageworks

Cooper, who has previous convictions for attacking former model Marsh, was charged with two counts of common assault related to domestic violence.  He is pictured outside Waverley Local Court in Sydney's eastern suburbs in June 2008

Cooper, who has previous convictions for attacking former model Marsh, was charged with two counts of common assault related to domestic violence. He is pictured outside Waverley Local Court in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in June 2008

The 58-year-old is also the subject of an interim apprehended violence order taken by police to protect his 54-year-old wife.

In addition to the AVO’s standard terms preventing assault, threat, harassment, harassment and intimidation, Cooper must not approach Marsh or contact her in any way except through a lawyer.

In May last year, Cooper and Marsh denied rumors they had split after a newspaper report claimed they were “splitting up”.

Cooper, who has two children with Marsh, told Daily Mail Australia at the time the story was “completely fabricated”.

“My wife Sarah and I are currently in Byron Bay for a friend’s birthday and are looking for property,” Cooper said.

“We are currently discussing with our attorney an action plan in response to this damaging article printed on Mother’s Day.”

In March, the couple paid $5,090,000 for this five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.

Cooper and Marsh sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $11,050,000 in February, having bought the five-bedroom house (above) for $5.5million in 2011

Cooper and Marsh had sold their home in Tamarama in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $11,050,000 in February, having bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $5.5million in 2011.

Who is Wayne Cooper?

British-born Cooper grew up in the East End of London and moved to Australia in 1985, studying fashion design at East Sydney Technical College.

He launched the Brave, Wayne Cooper and Wayne labels. Her clothes were once sold at two boutiques in Melbourne and are now available at larger Myer stores.

Cooper’s Australian Fashion Week shows featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Sarah O’Hare (now Murdoch) and he was a regular guest on the reality TV series Australia’s Next Top Model.

The following month, they paid $5,090,000 for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with a tennis court, resort-style swimming pool and landscaped gardens in Myocum near Byron Bay.

Cooper was placed on two-year bond for good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.

The charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and harassment and intimidation were dropped in Waverley Local Court.

The charges stemmed from a dispute at the couple’s former home in Tamarama six months earlier and Cooper initially said he would “vigorously defend” them all.

Cooper declined to comment outside of court on that occasion, but Marsh said she was happy with the outcome. “The truth is out, that’s what I’m here for,” she said.

The creator’s attorney, Ian McClintock SC, told the court Cooper and Marsh’s relationship had deteriorated over the past two years and they had sought advice.

The couple had argued over money the night of the attack in June.

“The emotional temperature of the relationship has risen,” McClintock said. “Old coals were raked and past conflicts were raised.”

Cooper is the subject of an interim apprehended violence order taken by the police to protect his wife.  In addition to AVO's standard terms, Cooper should not approach Marsh or contact her in any way except through an attorney.  The couple are pictured in Sydney in 2010

Cooper is the subject of an interim apprehended violence order taken by the police to protect his wife. In addition to the AVO’s standard terms, Cooper should not approach Marsh or contact her in any way except through an attorney. The couple are pictured in Sydney in 2010

The attack happened when Marsh tried to demonstrate how she alleged Cooper pushed her while on holiday in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland.

Mr McClintock said his client then showed Marsh what he believed had happened by pushing her on the chest and shoulder.

“We accept … that there was a hostile intent at the end and that there was an assault,” Mr McClintock told the court.

The court heard Marsh underwent surgery days before the assault to have his gallbladder removed due to cancer.

Cooper had unsuccessfully sought to avoid conviction so he could continue his regular trips to the United States.

Cooper was placed on two-year bond for good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery.  He is pictured in court

Cooper was placed on two-year bond for good behavior in December 2008 after pleading guilty to assaulting Marsh just days after undergoing cancer surgery. He is pictured in court

British-born Cooper grew up in the East End of London and moved to Australia in 1985, studying fashion design at East Sydney Technical College.

He launched the Brave, Wayne Cooper and Wayne labels. Her clothes were once sold in two Melbourne boutiques and are now available in Myer department stores.

Cooper’s Australian Fashion Week shows featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Eva Herzigova and Sarah O’Hare (now Murdoch) and he was a regular guest on the reality TV series Australia’s Next Top Model.

He is due to appear in Waverley Local Court next week.