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'The Straits' actor Aaron Fa'aoso pleads guilty to nightclub charges

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Aaron Fa'aoso pleaded guilty to two charges in court yesterday morning (March 13).

The Australian actor, best known for his roles in new ABC drama The Straits and East West 101, was charged after damaging a cash register at The Heritage nightclub in Cairns on October 16, 2011.

According to The Cairns Post, Fa'aoso got drunk during a night out in the weeks after filming for The Straits wrapped in Far North Queensland.

The court heard that the incident occurred shortly before midnight, and Fa'aoso was arrested by police outside the club soon afterwards. He was charged with wilful damage and drunk or disorderly behaviour.

Fa'aoso's lawyer Richard O'Shane asked that the case be adjourned for sentencing, claiming that a number of mitigating circumstances would be raised.

Fa'aoso, who was nominated for a 'Best Guest Or Supporting Actor In A Television Drama' AACTA Award earlier this year, is now scheduled to be sentenced on April 23.

His Straits co-star Firass Dirani recently caused controversy by claiming that most Australian TV networks do not "create roles for people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds".

Dirani praised The Straits for its diverse approach to casting.

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