Australia’s “Mr. Universe’ Calum von Moger escapes conviction over Melbourne road rage – Daily Mail | CarTailz

An Australian bodybuilder and former Mr Universe who pulled out a knife and slashed the tires of a man’s car he had just left behind blamed his attack on his experience of car theft in America.

Well, a shadow of his former self, Calum von Moger, 31, pleaded guilty to a number of charges related to the horrific incident in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last month.

Von Moger, a three-time World Fitness Federation “Mr Universe” winner and actor who once played Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film, evaded conviction on Wednesday and was released on $2,500 bail in exchange for a $2,500 fine released.

The former bodybuilder was still in fine form in January when he allegedly took action on his victim out of fear.

Von Moger played a young Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured together) in the 2018 film Bigger and has been dubbed “Arnold 2.0” in the bodybuilding world

Von Moger left Melbourne court with his mother Ingrid last month.  Gone are the gigantic muscles that made him a star

Von Moger left Melbourne court with his mother Ingrid last month. Gone are the gigantic muscles that made him a star

In May, von Moger shocked his fan base when he fell from a two-story building.

Just weeks later, he appeared in court with his arm in a sling, where it was revealed that he admitted to taking so many steroids that he could no longer produce testosterone naturally.

He then pleaded guilty to possession of a variety of drugs, including testosterone, cannabis and about two grams of methamphetamine.

The star had been suffering from severe depression at the time of the incident, which left him with injuries to his spine, face and neck.

Moger’s lawyer, Bernard Campigli, told the court on Wednesday that his client had been diagnosed with an adjustment disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Campigli claimed von Moger was scared on the street after he was involved in car thefts with firearms in the United States.

The court heard von Moger had plowed his Ford Ranger into his victim’s socket around 9.30pm on Millers Road in Altona North, West Melbourne.

When his shocked victim got into a verbal argument with von Moger, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the man’s tire before fleeing.

When police caught up with him a short time later, they found a trove of weapons, including a tomahawk, an ax handle, brass knuckles and a hunting knife.

They also found a bloodied license plate.

But Mr Campigli claimed von Moger was scared when approached by his victim.

“Herr von Moger was quite scared at the time,” he said.

“Herr von Moger was very afraid of what the (victim) might do, so he punctured the tire and left the crime scene.”

The Aussie bodybuilder has pumped himself up with so much testosterone over the years that he can no longer produce it naturally

The Aussie bodybuilder has pumped himself up with so much testosterone over the years that he can no longer produce it naturally

The house where Von Moger fell from the second floor window which is boarded up

The house Von Moger fell into from the second floor of this house

Bodybuilder Calum von Moger, 31, reportedly fell through a window on May 6, injuring his spine

Bodybuilder Calum von Moger, 31, reportedly fell through a window on May 6, injuring his spine

The court heard that von Moger had another incident on the streets last November.

While no guns were involved on that occasion, the court heard von Moger hit a car on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in trendy South Yarra and drove away.

He was only caught because his victim chased after him and took a picture of him, which he shared on social media in hopes of being recognized.

The former bodybuilder turned himself in to police over the incident just days after appearing in court on May 26.

Mr Campigli had asked the court to spare von Moger a conviction in hopes he could continue to travel in and out of the United States, where he hopes to return to work.

While the assault charges were dropped, von Moger pleaded guilty to property damage, weapons damage and negligent driving.

At sentencing, Judge Roslyn Porter accepted that von Moger’s moral guilt for his offense had been diminished by his mental health issues.

But she condemned the former star for his outrageous behavior.

“Their behavior can only be described as frightening and unacceptable,” Ms Porter said.

The magistrate warned von Moger that if he were tried again for any type of crime, he would likely receive a conviction.

He had only been treated as a first offender on that occasion because the crimes were committed before he was treated for the drug cases in May.

During an earlier hearing, the tragedy of von Moger’s desire to make it in the bodybuilding world was revealed.

Police had picked him up with an illegal stash of testosterone, needles, three jars of cannabis oil, another bag of white crystal powder and a selection of prescription drugs including Viagra.

Moger (pictured with a friend) released his own documentary called Calum by Moger: Unbroken on Netflix in 2019

Moger (pictured with a friend) released his own documentary called Calum by Moger: Unbroken on Netflix in 2019

Von Moger was caught driving an unregistered car loaded with illegal drugs

Von Moger was caught driving an unregistered car loaded with illegal drugs

During his interview, von Moger claimed that one of his buddies must have possessed the meth.

“I found this deal bag in the back and freaked out because I don’t use it. I knew it belonged to someone, so I put it in my wallet to either return it or throw it out,” he said.

“The shoulder bag is not mine. I was driving around with friends all weekend and they did drugs and quit. It’s not mine, but I know I owned it.”

But he did admit to using testosterone for the past 10 years.

“I no longer produce it naturally and I need it to be normal,” von Moger told police.

“I use the testosterone weekly to keep my levels stable. I use the cannabis oil to help me calm down and sleep.”

Von Moger claimed he also used Viagra — a prescription drug used primarily to improve erectile function — while “competing.”

Bernard Campigli (left) of Slades & Parson leaves the court with von Moger and his mother last month.  Campigli is a rising star in Melbourne's legal circles

Bernard Campigli (left) of Slades & Parson leaves the court with von Moger and his mother last month. Campigli is a rising star in Melbourne’s legal circles

Von Moger's love of bodybuilding began at the age of 14 when he began training with his brother in Victoria

Von Moger’s love of bodybuilding began at the age of 14 when he began training with his brother in Victoria

The court heard that von Moger spent a night behind bars after his arrest in what appeared to be a “sobering experience”.

But when news of his troubles broke in the bodybuilding community, von Moger’s mental health took another tumble.

“There was a lot of hate online. If you google Mr von Moger’s name, you will find a number of YouTube videos with comments about his alleged demise, which is very stressful for him and has not helped his drug use,” Mr Campigli said at the time.

Von Moger was sentenced to pay $500 to the court treasury for these crimes.

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WHO IS CALUM VON MOGER?

The Australian’s first acting appearance was in the 2017 film Generation Iron 2, but he is best known for his portrayal of the young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2018 film Bigger.

The film is based on Joe and Ben Weider, the two brothers who co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders and popularized the sport.

Moger then released his own documentary called Calum by Moger: Unbroken on Netflix in 2019.

The film details Moger’s rise through the bodybuilding ranks to a point where he was dubbed “Arnold 2.0” and how he fell while rappelling after suffering a serious knee and bicep injury.

The documentary also gave a glimpse into his childhood growing up on a farm in central Victoria with five siblings.

He said his love of bodybuilding began at age 14 when he and his brother found some old, rusty dumbbells in a warehouse to use.

He quickly rose to fame when he started uploading videos of his physique and workouts online, with Moger now boasting more than 3 million Instagram followers.

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