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Up Front: Not Such a Hard Word After All

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  • andrew llewellyn,

    Even worse, poor Michelle's poor husband had to resign his job with MI5.

    OMG, without even reading the background, this, somehow says it all. Parsh me the whip, Moneypenny.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Veitch has just been charged.

    I suspect that any "settlement" is unenforcable. You can't enforce a contract that involves breaking the law.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hmmm. The nature of the charges seems to militate against the "I just lashed out the one time" message:

    Broadcaster Tony Veitch has been arrested on six charges of assault between 2002 and 2006 and one count of injuring with reckless disregard.

    Police today issued a statement saying a 34-year-old company director had been arrested and charged with six counts of male assaults female and one count of injuring with reckless disregard.

    If multiple assault counts are eventually proved, I'll look forward to a response from Veitch's media cheerleaders.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    If multiple assault counts are eventually proved, I'll look forward to a response from Veitch's media cheerleaders.

    Well, for a start, I'd sure like to see Garth George and Michael Laws sacked, and forced to sign a valedictory made up of a fulsome apology to Dawn-Powell. Like Louise Nicholas, I won't hold my breath waiting ...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Update:

    The offences are alleged to have taken place in Mangawhai, Rotorua and Auckland.

    At Auckland District Court this afternoon, Veitch's lawyer, Stuart Grieve QC, said all of the charges would be "strenuously defended".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I won't hold my breath waiting

    That seems a very wise course of action.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    And for some deliciously ironic commentary on the intersection between justice, spin, and media coverage:

    "While I am shocked and also saddened that it has got this far, in terms of all the allegations and charges, I am more determined than ever to fight to declare my name," Veitch said.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Veitch should start praying some of these folks end up on the jury. There are times when I'm just embarrassed to be a human being.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    declare my name

    Did he actually say that, or did they write it down wrong? The Dom today offered the headline "Women dies at train station" so I'm putting my money on the latter for now.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Women dies at train station

    should that be Women die at train stations? If so, thats tragic.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    If so, thats tragic.

    Turns out it was just one woman. Still tragic, but I admit I was relieved.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Did he actually say that, or did they write it down wrong? The Dom today offered the headline "Women dies at train station" so I'm putting my money on the latter for now.

    I'd put my money on that too, given the frequency at which the sub-editorial staff of both the Herald and Stuff websites give me reason to despair for humanity. But either way, it's still telling.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Veitch should start praying some of these folks end up on the jury. There are times when I'm just embarrassed to be a human being.

    I had to go look. And then I had to post a comment ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Wonderful.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I meant that genuinely - I feel the need for an anti-sarcasm tag sometimes..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    DPF is a friend of mine but I'll stick to my view that it's a matter of when not if one of his resident psycho-trolls lands him in court.

    In the meantime it's hard to escape the impression that, to borrow Spike Milligan's words, there's a cancer in the public breast, and Mr. Farrar feels that it's his duty to nurture it.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I don't know if that's true or not, because the complainant's name is permanently suppressed. God, DPF is a friend of mine but I'll stick to my view that it's a matter of when not if one of his resident psycho-trolls lands him in court.

    Oh good one, dude! And then you post the statement in question on my blog!?

    No worries. Did feel the need to delete it, though.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Russell:

    D'oh... If we're both in the same room on Thursday, someone is going to get expensive and super-rich cake by way of apology.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    D'oh... If we're both in the same room on Thursday, someone is going to get expensive and super-rich cake by way of apology.

    When you say apology craig, do you mean Bugsy malone style.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    When you say apology craig, do you mean Bugsy malone style.

    Steven: Blasphemer! I'm thinking of a lemon tart that isn't afraid to be... well, tart. Not for throwing, but to be savoured like the nipples of your lover during a blissful orgy of mutual pleasure. (Yes, I view sweets with near Olympic levels of hyperbole.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Yes, I view sweets with near Olympic levels of hyperbole.

    Arr, the shivering denizens of the mad realm.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Just for the record, I think this trial will heap humiliation and embarrassment on all the protagonists, and that that, rather than any "blackmail" (Martin Hirst demonstrates that even lefties can lose the plot on that one) or (you just knew a Kiwiblog commenter would go there) a Labour Party plot is a reason this matter has not come before the courts until now.

    I feel like emailing my guesses to a third party. But that would be trite.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I wouldn't have thought it ethical for the lawyers that where reported to have brokered the compensation deal, to actually facilitated the crime of blackmail anyway. Not to mention, ridiculous.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Martin Hirst demonstrates that even lefties can lose the plot on that one

    To half-assedly defend Hirst, I guess this is one area of media ethics where it would take a saint NOT to get some shit on the pumps -- and when it's all over, it might be worth applying clothes peg to nose and doing a Media7 on how the self-proclaimed 'victims' of trial by media aren't above being perpetrators. You sure won't be short of (carefully vetted by legal, I'm sure) case studies.

    But once again, I've really got to wonder whether editing a Sunday newspaper involves... well, any kind of actual editorial judgement? I don't think anyone need to be reminded of my non-existent respect for Cate Brett; and Shane Currie still has some questions to answer about whether there's any conflict of interest rules at APN, and whether Paul Holmes breeched them with his softball handjob interview of Veitch.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Hirst,

    Russell, not sure why you think I've lost the plot on the blackmail issue.

    All I've done is post it as a question, based on the spin coming from the Veitch PR machine.

    I have not once said I think that there's blackmail involved; but I think that is a perception that should be addressed on the 'evidence'.

    I don't think anyone's going to come out of this affair with their reputation intact. Veitch's lawyers will fight hard to clear his name. The trial will be ugly with claim and counter-claim.

    How is the court going to come to an opinion on allegations that are six years old? The well has been muddied successfully on this case.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2008 • 2 posts Report Reply

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