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Andrew O’Keefe in police cell after bail refused and charged with choking and assaulting female

Ex-Channel Seven host Andrew O’Keefe has been charged over allegations he choked, punched and kicked a potential business partner

Ex-Channel Seven game show host Andrew O’Keefe has been charged and locked up in a police cell without bail over allegations he choked, punched and kicked a woman at his city centre bachelor pad.

NSW Police allege former Deal or No Deal host O’Keefe, 50, assaulted the 38-year-old woman after meeting her to discuss starting a business together at his unit on Kent Street in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday.

‘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 spokesman said.

O’Keefe then allegedly assaulted the woman a second time by punching and kicking her.

The woman then left the unit and reported the alleged assault on Wednesday, police said. 

On Thursday police confirmed they had charged O’Keefe with two counts of intentionally choking a person without consent, three counts of common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

 

O'Keefe is pictured in June 2021. He was charged and bail refused. He will face court on Friday

O’Keefe is pictured in June 2021. He was charged and bail refused. He will face court on Friday

Pictured: Day Street police station in the Sydney CBD, where O'Keefe is being held after his early-morning arrest

Pictured: Day Street police station in the Sydney CBD, where O’Keefe is being held after his early-morning arrest

A police spokesman added: ‘The man has been refused bail and is due to appear at Central Local Court on Friday.’

O’Keefe – a former White Ribbon ambassador – was arrested at his unit about 4.30am on Thursday and is being held at Day Street police station in the CBD.  

Over a 17-year career with Seven, O’Keefe hosted Weekend Sunrise and game shows The Chase and Deal or No Deal – but was axed by the network last January.

When Daily Mail Australia approached O’Keefe last year and asked if his television career was over, he said: ‘I’m not sure if I’m over, or if TV’s over’. 

O'Keefe was arrested by police at 4.30am on Thursday and taken to Day Street police station. He has since been charged and will face court on Friday

O’Keefe was arrested by police at 4.30am on Thursday and taken to Day Street police station. He has since been charged and will face court on Friday

Andrew O'Keefe is pictured outside his unit in Paddington in Sydney's inner-city in February 2021

Andrew O’Keefe is pictured outside his unit in Paddington in Sydney’s inner-city in February 2021

The widely-recognised media personality and father-of-three was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to television in 2017. 

His uncle was the legendary rock star Johnny O’Keefe, while the 50-year-old’s father Barry was a NSW Supreme Court justice. 

In May of last year, the TV star auctioned off his Paddington apartment – which was listed on the market with an approximate value of $1.4 million.

The property ended up selling at auction for $731,000 on May 15, 2021, according to its Domain listing. 

The Art Deco flat boasted two bedrooms, and a recently renovated bathroom. 

O’Keefe and his wife Eleanor divorced in 2019. He made headlines that year for swatting a photographer away with a folder.  

O'Keefe pictured in June 2021. He hosted Weekend Sunrise and The Chase during his 17-year career as a TV host with Channel Seven

O’Keefe pictured in June 2021. He hosted Weekend Sunrise and The Chase during his 17-year career as a TV host with Channel Seven

O'Keefe divorced his wife Eleanor in 2019. Above, at a red carpet event together several years ago

O’Keefe divorced his wife Eleanor in 2019. Above, at a red carpet event together several years ago 

In December 2017 – the year he separated from his wife – O’Keefe announced he had quit Weekend Sunrise to focus on his family. 

He said in an official Seven statement ‘it was time to give the weekends back’ to Eleanor and their three children. 

A former intellectual property lawyer, he was famously pictured kissing a mystery brunette during a night out in Hobart, Tasmania in 2018.

Video of the newly-separated TV personality kissing the unknown woman was published in September of that year by Woman’s Day.

Andrew O'Keefe's uncle was the legendary rock star Johnny O'Keefe (pictured above)

Andrew O’Keefe’s uncle was the legendary rock star Johnny O’Keefe (pictured above)

O'Keefe was famously filmed kissing a mystery brunette woman during a night out in Hobart, Tasmania in 2018

Andrew O'Keefe, 46, was filmed kissing a mystery brunette woman during a night out in Hobart

O’Keefe was famously filmed kissing a mystery brunette woman during a night out in Hobart, Tasmania in 2018. A friend captioned thee image as ‘deal or no deal’

The 50-year-old is a former intellectual property lawyer. He appeared to swat a photographer with a folder shortly after this picture was taken in March 2019

The 50-year-old is a former intellectual property lawyer. He appeared to swat a photographer with a folder shortly after this picture was taken in March 2019

The magazine reported the footage was filmed while O’Keefe was ‘partying for 48 hours’. 

An unnamed 21-year-old university student, who was alleged to be the woman in the video, was also quoted in the publication. 

Describing what happened before the kiss, she said: ‘I went over to say “hi” to some friends [O’Keefe] was sitting with, and I put my arm around him for a photo.’ 

The video’s caption read, ‘Deal or no deal?’, a reference to the game show Andrew hosted between 2003 and 2013 on Seven.  

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