Celebrity trainer appears in court

Leading British workout expert Joe Fournier – whose previous clients include Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow – pleaded not guilty to assaulting a taxi driver following a night on the town during a promotional trip to Australia last month (Aug09).

The 29 year old has been accused of punching the driver in the face after an argument about the fare, as his fiancee and 15-month-old son looked on.

He was also alleged to have driven away in the taxi, although that charge was later dropped.

Film composer David Arnold, who worked with Fournier on the James Bond film franchise, offered the court references on Fournier’s behalf, and the fitness expert was later granted unconditional bail to make his return to Britain.

The case will go to court in October (09) but Fournier does not have to return to Sydney to appear before the judge, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Fournier boasts his client base includes several major stars, international royalty, and bosses of some leading Hollywood film companies who hire him to train actors for demanding roles.