I was busy on the final home stretch of my book last week and so I missed the hoo-ha about Andrew O'Keefe. In case you did too, here is a heads-up from News Ltd's reports:
THE Seven Network
went to ground last night as network star Andrew O'Keefe found himself
embroiled in a scandal involving an amateur video featuring the star in
an allegedly drunken state.
Network bosses are believed to have paid $25,000 to keep the footage off the air and would not return calls when news of The Rich List's star's big night out leaked from Melbourne.
According to news sources at the Nine Network, O'Keefe was unwittingly filmed crawling down Chapel St, Prahran, looking
disoriented, smoking and being helped to his feet by a mystery blonde
had been told that a Melbourne bouncer had been hawking the footage
around to the major networks since Monday and that when Nine made
inquiries yesterday A Current Affair producer Grant Williams was told: "Channel 7 has snapped it up for $25,000."
A cheap price, some would say, to preserve the public image of a major star.
O'Keefe was allegedly filmed in the wee hours outside Melbourne
nightclub Revolver. The footage is believed to be a couple of weeks old.
"The vision is absolutely clear and irrefutable," Nine spokesman David Hurley
said last night. "O'Keefe's splayed in the street, profoundly
inebriated. He has to be helped to his feet by a blonde woman who
disappears down the street. I don't think you'll be seeing it any time
soon on Today Tonight."
Andrew issued a statement at the end of last week apologising for his drunken behaviour but maintaining he was just letting off some steam after a long year. In today's reports……
O'Keefe's drunken night out investigating the gutters and street life
of Melbourne's exclusive Chapel Rd strip will remain just that: he has
been given wallpaper backing by the Seven Network.