News Round Up

March 2, 2018

Victorian Cop Resigns After Racist YouTube Comments

One of the top Victorian police officers has resigned. It was exposed that Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin, head of Professional Standards was posting racist remarks on YouTube. He appeared on 3AW last week defending his right to freedom of opinion. “I guess my default situation is when I see an argument being made that’s not fair I do tend to weigh in and try to provide facts and bring some balance,” he says in the interview. An hour after the posts were reported on by The Age, Guerin resigned.

Australian Actor Fired After Making Crude Comments

Australian actor Linden Furnell was fired from The American Idiot production over a menstruation comment he made to a female co-star. The Shake & Stir Theatre company released a statement detailing his dismissal stating:

“Mr Furnell’s dismissal was a consequence of breaching the company’s ‘Statement of Zero Tolerance to Inappropriate Behaviour’ previously communicated to him and all other company members by company management,” the company said.

Linden responded to the dismissal in a Facebook post, stating: 

“When I discovered the fact I apologised immediately and said that I would do what was necessary to avoid making that mistake again and reassured that I definitely did not intend to cause hurt or discomfort. I made a poor judgement call, assumed too much comfort in a work friendship.”

“I made a mistake, owned up to it, was immediately fired. That’s hopefully the end of it,” he wrote.

Heather Locklear Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

Prominent Hollywood actress Heather Locklear was arrested on Sunday night for felony domestic violence and three counts of misdemeanour battery. TMZ reports that Heather’s brother called 911 after seeing her and her boyfriend fighting at her Los Angeles home.

“She was extremely hostile and uncooperative and at one point became combative with the deputies,” Sergeant Eric Buschow told the LA Times.

New Deputy Prime Minister

Michael McCormack is now Australia’s new deputy Prime Minister ousting disgraced former deputy Barnaby Joyce. The Member for Riverina’s election win has not been without its controversy, revolving around an article he wrote in 1993. Working as a newspaper editor at the time, McCormack once wrote an article demonising gay people and describing homosexuality as sorid, blaming them for the AIDS epidemic. Mr McCormack issued a statement about the article stating that:

“I have grown and learnt not only to tolerate, but to accept all people regardless of their sexual orientation or any other trait or feature which makes each of us different and unique. I apologised wholeheartedly for the comments at the time and many times since, but I am making this statement to unreservedly apologise again today.”

Instagram Stars Caught Up In Bikie Boyfriend Fallout

Gold Coast sisters Allaina Vader and Rikki Louise Jones have been caught up in their bikie boyfriend drama. With their boyfriends, Ben “Notorious” Geppert and Brett “Kaos” Pechey having been involved in an online Instagram fight.

Last weekend their friendship appeared to be over when Notorious made the unsubstantiated claim that Kaos was a “dog”, or police informant. In Instagram photos, Geppert takes his Brothers 4 Life gang T-shirt and throws it on the ground.


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