I’m victim of tall-poppy syndrome: Hadley
A party at the house of radio broadcaster Ray Hadley has led to assault claims. Photo: Peter Rae
Broadcaster Ray Hadley has denied that he or his police officer son assaulted a 17-year-old boy at a formal after party held at their north-western Sydney home.
Returning to his 2GB morning show after illness this morning, Hadley hinted that he may be the victim of tall-poppy syndrome.
He said he did have to “escort” the 17-year-old off his property but at no time was he attacked by anyone.
“This 17-year-old had way too much to drink,” Hadley said at this opening of his show this morning, his first since the allegations were raised.
“He was asked to leave by me. He continued to get out of hand. He was asked again and he refused to. I escorted him off my premises; he was not assaulted by anyone.
“I have spoken to police as recently as Saturday. I will allow them to investigate his complaint.”
Hadley hosted 73 teenagers – all friends of his daughter – at his home last month as an after party to their year 12 formal at Hills Grammar School.
He said that, while most of the students were drinking, he did not supply any alcohol and that 72 of them were well behaved.
In his statement to police, obtained by the Herald, the boy admits he was “pretty intoxicated”.
He claimed that, when he fell to the floor, Hadley’s son and an off-duty police officer, Daniel Hadley, kicked him while he was trying to get up.
A series of verbal exchanges with Daniel Hadley and two other off-duty police officers allegedly followed.
The teenager then alleged: “I felt my head being hit from behind. I turned around and saw Ray Hadley standing right behind me. He was that close, he was almost touching my shoulders.
“As I turned around, he grabbed my shirt by the right shoulder, lifted it up, scrunched it in his hand and it nearly choked me. He said words similar to: ‘You’re out of here, you little turd.’ ”
The student said that, while Ray Hadley was dragging him down the driveway by his shirt, he continued: “Shut your f—ing mouth … say one more word … I’ll roll you.”
As they reached the end of the driveway, Ray Hadley then allegedly let go of the shirt and said: “There’s the gate. Use it.”
According to the boy’s statement, Ray Hadley returned a short time later, yelling words similar to: “One of you little c—s broke my gate.”
The boy denies damaging any property.
Hadley this morning questioned why the boy, or someone acting on his behalf, had gone to the media about the incident.
“I’ll leave it to you to conclude why he or his agent would choose to forward his complaint to The Sydney Morning Herald so soon after he had lodged it without any investigation by anyone.
“Someone wrote some notes to me through the week about tall poppies and the rest of it. I’ve been the subject of Twitter campaigns because of this. I’ve done nothing wrong.
“Absolutely nothing wrong and surely I’m entitled to the presumption of innocence until otherwise, as is my family. Anyway life moves on.”
A police spokeswoman this morning said the matter was still under investigation.
Personal Opinion: Ray should be presumed innocent until found guilty. Unfortunately for people like Ray, when you’re a bully for a living, no-one hears your screams when you complain of being bullied.