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The messy divorce of disgraced former federal politician Craig Thomson and his ex-wife Zoe has taken another ugly turn, with the one-time MP spending Saturday night behind bars after being charged with harassing her.

Thomson, 57, was arrested on Saturday afternoon and is accused of breaching an apprehended violence order taken out by police last December for the protection of his ex-wife, after he allegedly sent a volley of abusive and threatening text messages to her.

The father-of-three and Ms Thomson called an end to their ten-year marriage in 2020, before selling their lavish family home at Wamberal for $3.35 million in June.

But on Saturday afternoon Thomson presented himself to Terrigal Police Station where he was charged with allegedly breaching the conditions of his AVO on three separate occasions in recent weeks.

“At 4.45pm on Saturday, January 22, a 57-year-old man was arrested at Terrigal Police Station,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.

“He was charged with three counts of contravene prohibition/restriction and AVO.”

After spending the night in the cells Thomson faced Newcastle Local Court on Sunday and was released from custody on conditional bail.

Police took out the AVO against Thomson late last year after he allegedly sent a volley of harassing emails and text messages to his ex-wife as they go through a divorce.

In November he failed to appear in court to defend the AVO in early November and it was granted in his absence for a period of two years.

The new domestic violence related allegations against Thomson are just the latest charges to land him before the courts, with the one-time Labor MP also facing charges of being the “primary facilitator of a multimillion-dollar migration fraud”.