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Robert Ovadia: Senior Channel Seven journalist is stood down over allegations of inappropriate behaviour with a lady

Senior Channel Seven journalist Robart Ovadia has been stood down whereas an allegation of inappropriate behaviour by him in the direction of a lady is investigated. 

A Seven spokesperson confirmed the veteran presenter had been positioned on go away. 

‘Robert Ovadia is on go away. Seven is conducting an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Robert Ovadia,’ the spokesperson stated. 

Ovadia has reportedly employed a lawyer to characterize him whereas the investigation is being carried out.

‘Seven has instructed me no present or former colleague has made any grievance in opposition to me,’ Ovadia stated in a press release to The Age on Friday. 

Senior Channel Seven journalist Robart Ovadia (pictured) has been stood down whereas an allegation of inappropriate behaviour by him in the direction of a lady is investigated

‘So far as I’m conscious, I’ve not been stood down by the corporate. Any suggestion I’ve behaved inappropriately at any time is fake, malicious and will likely be defended.’

Day by day Mail Australia doesn’t counsel that any allegation of inappropriate behaviour made in opposition to Ovadia is true.

Anthony De Ceglie, who grew to become Channel Seven’s director of reports simply 5 weeks in the past, just lately instructed employees he has a ‘zero tolerance’ strategy to dangerous behaviour within the newsroom after a variety of senior male workers, together with his predecessor Craig McPherson, left the community amid the fallout from the Bruce Lehrmann Highlight scandal.

Taylor Auerbach, a former senior producer at Highlight who was Lehrmann’s ‘babysitter’, alleged in paperwork tendered to the Federal Courtroom that they took medication and partied with intercourse employees, with extra $10,000 charged again to Seven. 

The court docket additionally heard that firm bills had been spent on costly meals, golf journeys and a 12 months’s price of lodging for Lehrmann that allegedly value greater than $100,000.

Justice Michael Lee later discovered to a civil customary that Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins. He’s interesting in opposition to the choice.

The revelation about Ovadia adopted an unrelated declare made on Thursday night time that rival community 9 Leisure’s chairman Peter Costello allegedly pushed over a reporter from The Australian. 

Mr Costello, who was a former federal treasurer within the Howard authorities, has denied the allegation, saying: ‘There is no such thing as a assault’. 

‘I didn’t lay a finger or a fist or the rest on him,’ he stated. 

A spokesperson for Channel Seven confirmed that Robert Ovadia had been placed on leave. The Channel Seven headquarters in Melbourne is pictured

A spokesperson for Channel Seven confirmed that Robert Ovadia had been positioned on go away. The Channel Seven headquarters in Melbourne is pictured

Mr Costello stated reporter Liam Mendes was strolling backwards whereas filming and tripped over an promoting placard.

‘I’ve seen it occur one million occasions… reporters again into the bollards and fall over,’ he stated exterior Parliament Home on Thursday night.

‘I didn’t strike him.’

Day by day Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for additional remark.  

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