A domestic battery violence charge filed against Will Bamber has been dropped in Voulsia County court, ending the case that led to the Earl Bamber Motorsport team co-owner/driver’s firing from Team Hardpoint earlier this week.
The 27-year-old Florida-based Kiwi was charged on Aug. 29 with domestic violence to a female in Ormond Beach, Fla., an allegation that came to light by the Rob Ferriol-owned Hardpoint team on Monday, which prompted a parting of ways between EBM and Bamber effective immediately.
R.J. Larizza, State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, however, disposed the case on Wednesday afternoon after a filing of a waiver of prosecution, which the alleged victim, Sarah Serle, declared that no charges would be pressed.
In a statement provided to Sportscar365, Bamber said: “Thank you to our family, friends, partners and all supporters, who have been with Sarah and I throughout this process.
“Through the media and our family attorney, we learned that the case was indeed still open. We could not have taken this more seriously and worked with the State and Volusia County District Attorney’s Office to resolve this immediately.
“I have never, nor will I ever hurt someone, especially Sarah, and I can’t wait to move on with our lives.”
Serle, who worked on the Hardpoint team, said she has resigned from her position with the Virginia-based team.
“The fact that a very private and personal moment has come into the public forum is very upsetting, and I have since resigned from my position for this reason,” she said in a statement.
“Will has never been an abuser and has never acted in that manner towards me. Will is one of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met.
“We have been inseparable since we started dating over a year ago, and those that actually know Will can attest to this and will continue to stand by our side.
“I do not condone domestic violence, nor have I been a victim of such. My heart hurts for anyone who has or is going through abuse of any sort, and it is reinforcing to see the justice system take situations like this seriously.
“I cannot thank everyone enough that has personally reached out to me, your continued support means the world to both Will and I.”