Steve ‘Commando’ Willis said he ‘feared for his safety’ when a former client of his allegedly began stalking him.
The 44-year-old appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday over his dispute with Jun ‘Margaret’ Yue, who he has an apprehended violence order against.
The former Biggest Loser star was granted an interim AVO against Ms Yue by police in June after he claimed she began crossing the boundaries of a normal client-trainer relationship.
Willis claimed Ms Yue would get jealous when he would train other clients, send him constant text and social media messages and once waited for him outside his old apartment in Elizabeth Bay with a Christmas gift.
Steve ‘Commando’ Willis appeared in court over his AVO with Jun ‘Margaret’ Yue (pictured together)
‘You start to fear for your safety when you’ve expressed no many times and it’s just not accepted,’ Willis told the court, as reported by NCA NewsWire.
The pair met in April 2019 and began doing one-on-one training sessions four times per week.
But Ms Yue’s constant requests to travel with Willis to a training camp in Melbourne in November 2019 left him ‘unnerved’.
The celebrity trainer said his plight with Ms Yue had given stress and anxiety to his girlfriend Harika Vancuylenberg and his children.
Willis cut Ms Yue off from his training programs in May 2020 after claiming she owed him $1,350 in unpaid fees, before alleging she tracked him through social media to a training session in Kirribilli.
‘That rattled me because how does someone find me in North Sydney? The words from her mouth were, “I’ve been coming here every day of the week”,’ Willis said.
Ms Yue’s barrister Michael Fokkes claimed she approached Willis to pay her debt and noted the pair had more one-on-one sessions together after Willis had expressed concerns with her behaviour.
The professional interpreter was subject to the interim AVO after vision of an altercation between Willis, Ms Vancuylenberg and Ms Yue in Caddies Creek Reserve in Kellyville in Sydney’s northwest emerged.
The 44-year-old (pictured with girlfriend Harika Vancuylenberg) claimed he ‘feared for his safety’ due to Ms Yue’s behaviour
Ms Yue was filmed approaching Willis and his partner as they packed equipment into their car following a group fitness session.
‘You are not engaging with him. You pay him what you owe him,’ Ms Vancuylenberg screamed at Ms Yue in the footage.
‘No money, no talking! He has told you $1,300. That is what you owe him.’
She responded: ‘If you don’t agree we can go to court, because I have the record that I paid you.’
Mr Fokkes argued Ms Yue had paid Willis $19,000 in cash for her training sessions.
He also asked why the pair had continued to do one-on-one sessions together after Willis claimed her behaviour left him feeling ‘unnerved’.
Willis moved to The Hills at the start of this year, leaving him doing less PT work in the city and seeing Ms Yue more infrequently.
Ms Yue must stay away from Willis and his home until the case is resolved.
She will give evidence on Wednesday.
The former Biggest Loser star said Ms Yue crossed client-trainer relationship boundaries