A prominent New Zealand entertainer has appeared in court following an alleged family violence incident.

The man, who has interim name suppression, is charged with injuring with intent yesterday. The alleged victim is a woman.

The man was held in police custody overnight before appearing before Judge Pippa Sinclair in the North Shore District Court this morning.

He did not enter a plea and was bailed to return to court next month.

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The man's lawyer argued successfully for interim name suppression, saying the man would suffer extreme hardship if identified because of his job and because he had not yet told his parents or children about the charge.

The man, who was met by three supporters outside court, wouldn't comment when approached by the New Zealand Herald.


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