Andrew O’Keefe charged following alleged incident
Updated: Former host facing six assault charges and has been refused bail.
Former Chase and Weekend Sunrise host Andrew O’Keefe has been charged after allegedly grabbing a woman’s throat.
ABC reports O’Keefe, 50, was arrested about 4.30am this morning after police were notified about the alleged incident, which took place on Tuesday afternoon.
He was taken to Day Street Police Station and has now been charged with six offences, intentionally choking a person without consent (two counts), common assault (three counts), and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
NSW Police said he met with a 38-year-old woman at his Kent Street apartment in Sydney when an altercation broke out.
“A verbal argument ensued between the pair, before the man allegedly assaulted the woman — grabbing her by the throat, pushing her to the ground and punching her,” a police statement read.
“The man allegedly assaulted the woman a second time — punching and kicking her — before she left the unit.”
O’Keefe has been refused bail and is due to appear at Central Local Court tomorrow.
O’Keefe, who has previously acknowledged bipolar and struggles with drugs & alcohol, as also been an ambassador for the White Ribbon Foundation.
Seven’s contract with O’Keefe expired at the end of 2020 and was not renewed.
This story updates.