Former soapie heart-throb Dieter Brummer had a bloodied nose and his hands tied when he allegedly tried to bite and kick a group of bouncers in a scuffle on Logies night.
Brummer, 36, was outside a Logies after-party at Melbourne's Crown Casino on May 2 last year when he was restrained by up to five security guards.
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Brummer tried to bite one of the guards and pushed and kicked another.
But his lawyer argued he was acting in self-defence.
Brummer, who shot to stardom on Home and Away and more recently starred in two Underbelly series, appeared in court on Friday facing nine charges.
Defence lawyer Andrew Dickenson said Brummer had been restrained by up to five security guards during the scuffle, had a bloodied nose and his hands tied when he lashed out.
"Largely this is a case of self-defence, but whether or not it's reasonable under the circumstances," he told the court.
The court heard Brummer had drugs in his possession but they were later found to be prescription medication.
Mr Dickenson asked for the matter to be referred for a diversion hearing, given the circumstances.
Magistrate Ann Collins initially had reservations, but agreed after hearing Brummer's claim of self-defence.
"Clearly these sorts of incidents are not the sort of incidents that would be diverted," she said.
The prosecution said the security guards were "amenable" to the matter proceeding as a diversion.
Two of the nine charges will proceed: attempting to commit an indictable offence and unlawful assault.
Brummer was ordered to reappear in court on May 1 for a diversion hearing, under a program which allows first-time offenders to avoid a criminal conviction.
Brummer, a winner of two silver Logie awards, walked from the court with his lawyer without speaking to media.