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Ballet star Julia Horvath sentenced for negligent driving





  • Julia Horvath, 41, stripped of her licence over negligent driving causing harm
  • Ms Horvath struck a woman's car while she had a nine-month-old in back 
  • The accident in Crows Nest, in Sydney's north, put the victim in hospital 
  • Ms Horvath has spoken candidly about her transition from male to female
  • The ballet school operator was a soloist in the Swedish National Ballet   

By Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:39 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 04:19 EST, 17 February 2017

An internationally acclaimed transgender ballet dancer sobbed in a Sydney courtroom as she was stripped of her driver's license and blasted by a magistrate for her 'poor' record behind the wheel.

A weeping Julia Horvath - formerly known as Tibor in her days as a Swedish National Ballet dancer - had mascara pouring down her face and swore under her breath after receiving a stern talking to by Magistrate Megan Greenwood on Friday afternoon.

Ms Horvath put another driver in hospital late last year when she ploughed her blue Mini into the victim's white Volkswagen in Sydney's north. The victim had a nine-month-old baby in the back seat who was thankfully okay after the accident.

Wept in court: Julia Horvath - an acclaimed transgender ballet school operator - was reduced to tears as she was stripped of her licence over her 'poor' driving record on Friday Wept in court: Julia Horvath - an acclaimed transgender ballet school operator - was reduced to tears as she was stripped of her licence over her 'poor' driving record on Friday

Wept in court: Julia Horvath - an acclaimed transgender ballet school operator - was reduced to tears as she was stripped of her licence over her 'poor' driving record on Friday

Ms Torvath was slammed for her 'poor' driving record - including ten infringements in the four years before the accident Ms Torvath was slammed for her 'poor' driving record - including ten infringements in the four years before the accident

Ms Horvath was slammed for her 'poor' driving record - including ten infringements in the four years before the accident

Magistrate Greenwood on Friday slammed the woman's 'poor' driving record and said it showed she hadn't learned from her mistakes Magistrate Greenwood on Friday slammed the woman's 'poor' driving record and said it showed she hadn't learned from her mistakes

Magistrate Greenwood on Friday slammed the woman's 'poor' driving record and said it showed she hadn't learned from her mistakes

Tall and with a shock of long, blonde hair, Ms Horvath, 41, had submitted to the court she believed she had a 'safe' driving record before the incident. 

She argued she needed to drive out to her classical ballet studio, Studio Tibor, in the city's north-west.

But Magistrate Greenwood on Friday slammed the woman's 'poor' record behind the wheel and said it showed she had not learned from her mistakes.  

A police statement of facts revealed that in just four years, she had been slapped with six speeding fines and been pinged three times for using her mobile phone behind the wheel and once for failing to stop at a red arrow light.  

Ms Horvath, who appeared at court in a short brown and flowery dress, has a high-profile after speaking publicly about her transition from a strikingly handsome male ballet dancer into an athletic woman named Julia.

She has appeared on television and spoke to Daily Mail Australia two years ago after starting a gofundme.com page to raise the $25,000 to $30,000 she needed for gender reassignment surgery.

Ms Horvath told how she 'felt like a girl and danced as a girl' as a young ballet dancer, even though she was dressed as a male. 

'The best thing was that I felt accepted and loved by the audience,' she said. 

Ms Horvath (left, right as a young ballet sooloist) has spokenly candidly on television and to various media outlets about her life before she transitioned Ms Horvath (left, right as a young ballet sooloist) has spokenly candidly on television and to various media outlets about her life before she transitioned
As Tibor Horvath (pictured) Julia danced with some of Europe's best ballet companies and became a soloist at the age of 20, but she always felt 'as if there was something missing inside' and dreamed of being a woman As Tibor Horvath (pictured) Julia danced with some of Europe's best ballet companies and became a soloist at the age of 20, but she always felt 'as if there was something missing inside' and dreamed of being a woman

Ms Horvath (left, right as a young ballet sooloist) has spokenly candidly on television and to various media outlets about her life before she transitione

As a young male, she performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Giselle As a young male, she performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Giselle

As a young male, she performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Giselle

'But unfortunately, this always lasted for three hours only before I had to go back to the reality of being a man.'

'I always did want to be pretty. I remember going to my mother's room when she was out and trying on her brassieres and her shoes and clothes.' 

She revealed how her ex-ballet teachers and colleagues had rallied around her and spoke warmly of the possibilities of her transition.  

'The most important thing to me would be to gain my own self-confidence back, and to be accepted by those most important to me,' she said.   

Ms Horvath pleaded guilty to one count of negligent driving occasioning bodily harm (first offence), was stripped of her licence for 12 months and slapped with a two year good behaviour bond. 

'It was an unforunate situation,' Ms Horvath said. 

She is planning to appeal the sentence, the court said. 


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