Fallen TV presenter Andrew O’Keefe arrives in court confidently with his pants down
Embattled former TV presenter Andrew O’Keefe has suffered a devastating wardrobe mishap while walking through a media frenzy outside the Downing Center in Sydney.
The 51-year-old was due to face a second day of hearings in local court on charges of aggravated assault, violating an AVO, resisting a police officer and assault in connection with an incident in 2021.
Dressed in a stone linen suit and brightly striped tie, the former TV presenter looked well groomed – except he forgot to button his fly.
Former ‘Deal or No Deal’ star Andrew O’Keefe arrived at Sydney’s Downing Center Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and confidently walked through the waiting media
The hearing began its second day on Tuesday morning, but the court was closed to allow the complainant to testify.
The court was shown footage of a woman allegedly spat on, kicked and punched by O’Keefe on September 8, 2021.
‘I see you have something on your arm – did he do that?’ Constable Elissa Major, who was present, asked the woman.
“Yep,” the woman in the footage replies through tears.
Two clips of O’Keefe were also played in court, one from later that night at St Vincent’s Hospital telling officers the woman “has made outrageous allegations in the past”.
The other, played before Judge Alison Viney on Monday, showed O’Keefe sprawled on the front steps of his apartment complex, complaining of chest pains.
In the video, O’Keefe can be heard moaning and complaining about having a little “chesty”.
“I’m not sure (what it is) … I’ve never felt it before,” he told police.
O’Keefe was once one of the brightest stars of the Seven Network but was removed from their roster after his legal troubles surfaced
Footage showed police finding the applicant, who was seen crying and holding her wrist, which was covered in scratches.
In the footage, when police approached O’Keefe for questions, he was seen shutting them down.
“I will not comment without an attorney present…they are making allegations against me that are false,” he told Constable Elissa Major.
O’Keefe’s defense attorney Richard Pontello SC asked Constable Major after an interview in which the former TV star said the complainant allegedly “inflicted the abrasion on herself”.
“Did he say, ‘I’m sure it was unintentional and an unconscious or absent-minded physical reaction to stress,'” Mr Pontello asked.
Constable Major replied, “Those words were not said.”
O’Keefe scoffed and shook his head.
On Monday afternoon, O’Keefe told the media he was “relieved” after a number of charges related to another case and complainants were dropped.
“I’m not surprised but relieved that charges were dropped,” he said, while throwing a “peace sign” — also known as the “v for victory” symbol — at the cameras.
Police Prosecutor Michael Cleaver on Monday dropped six counts related to the incident, including two counts of deliberate suffocation of a person without consent, three counts of ordinary assault and one count of assault.
O’Keefe pleaded guilty to one count of violating a feared violent injunction.
He spent nearly five months in pre-trial detention after being charged with the offenses and was granted strict bail by the NSW Supreme Court in May 2022 to reside in a long-term residential rehabilitation facility in Port Stephens.
The former host of the popular game show The Chase Australia was initially charged by police with grabbing a 38-year-old woman by the throat on January 25 last year
The former TV star, after a long career at Channel 7, has been facing a different kind of spotlight since the assault allegations broke.
O’Keefe has appeared as the face of many programs for the network, from Deal or No Deal to Weekend Sunrise.
He was a member of the National Council for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and founded the well-known organization White Ribbon Australia dedicated to the cause.
In 2017 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his charity work and achievements on television.
The hearing will continue before Magistrate Viney.
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