Controversial surgeon Charlie Teo’s horror week seems to have gotten worse after the annual naked swim for his brain cancer charity was abruptly cancelled.
The Sydney Skinny nude swim has been cancelled for 2020 after the fundraiser failed to find a major sponsor for the event.
Teo has raised tens of thousands of dollars by encouraging people to ditch their swimmers and go for a naked swim in Sydney Harbour, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Controversial super surgeon Charlie Teo’s (pictured at the 2018 Sydney Skinny) horror week only seems to be getting worse as the naked swim for his brain cancer charity was abruptly cancelled
The Sydney Skinny nude swim (pictured in 2017) has been cancelled for 2020 after the fundraiser failed to find a major sponsor for the event
Teo has raised thousands of dollars by encouraging people to ditch their swimmers and go for a naked swim in Sydney Harbour
Event founder Nigel Marsh said the abrupt cancellation ‘breaks his heart’ as the event has proven to be a knockout success in the past.
Mr Marsh insisted the event’s abolition was not a result of Teo’s recent media attention and the Charlie Teo Foundation was still the chosen charity.
The 2019 swim raised $82,000 for the foundation where 1,600 people stripped down at Mosman’s Collbers Beach.
Mr Marsh said he has tried everything to get major companies to sponsor the event but it all failed, and he cannot fund the event alone.
‘It’s a brilliant and unique event. The very thing that makes it so wonderful is the reason it’s so difficult to get sponsorship,’ he said.
The cancellation is another blow for the neurosurgeon this week, as his second-eldest daughter Nicola Teo is facing serious criminal charges.
The 24-year-old allegedly ran down Jock Ross, the former leader of the Comancheros OMCG, in her LandCruiser in Sydney’s north on Wednesday afternoon.
Event founder Nigel Marsh said the abrupt cancellation ‘breaks his heart’ as the event has proven to be a knockout success in the past
Teo’s daughter Nicola (pictured) is facing criminal charges after allegedly running down Jock Ross, the founder of the Comancheros OMCG, north of Sydney about 3.30pm on Wednesday
Nicola Teo pictured in Bondi on Thursday, a day after the car crash for which she is facing three charges. The 24-year-old will face Windsor Local Court on October 17
If convicted, Ms Teo could serve significant jail time – a far cry from the life of luxury she and her sisters have grown accustomed to in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Teo has remained silent since police charged Nicola with three driving related offences on Wednesday.
His daughter is said to be ‘shaken up’ after the crash which left Ross fighting for life in hospital.
Nicola’s LandCruiser ute allegedly struck Ross’s Harley Davidson at 3.30pm in Lower MacDonald, north of Sydney, on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old reportedly dialled Triple Zero immediately before Ross, 76, was flown to hospital in a coma.
Nicola, who says her father inspired her passion for animals, only recently launched her business called Eastsidedogs AU.
Police will allege she drove on the wrong side of the road for 200 metres before she crashed into Ross.
Detectives are also investigating whether she was on her mobile phone at the time of the accident, and have revealed she had a child sitting next to her in the front seat.
Nicola Teo is pictured with her father Charlie who is one of Australia’s best neurosurgeons
Nicola Teo’s LandCruiser allegedly struck Jock Ross’s Harley Davidson at 3.30pm in Lower MacDonald, north of Sydney, on Wednesday. Nicola has operated a dog walking business since leaving school
Ross, a grandfather-of-12, is the former ‘Supreme Commander’ of the Comancheros and best known for instigating the violent ‘Milperra Massacre’
Nicola was taken to Windsor Police Station where she was charged with driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning bodily harm, not keep left of dividing line and not give particulars to police.
The grievous bodily harm charge alone carries a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment.
Det Insp Orr said the charge relates to ‘not providing further details’ to police about what happened in the crash.
Senior police sources told Daily Mail Australia they believed the case was ‘open and shut’, and noted that charges had been laid within hours, rather than weeks.
Nicola was granted conditional bail to appear at Windsor Local Court on October 17.
Earlier this month Teo suffered another blow after media reports accused him of inappropriate behaviour.
The Sydney Morning Herald published allegations from unnamed colleagues of Dr Teo, who claimed he made inappropriate comments and gestures while in surgery and at his home.
Charlie Teo’s daughter (pictured together) has been accused of causing a head-on crash with Comanchero bikie gang founder Jock Ross which left him fighting for his life
Pictures on her Instagram page show Nicola Teo posting with dogs alongside her cream 70-series Toyota LandCruiser ute
Dr Teo labelled the the article disturbing as it ‘lacked legitimate research, nameless sources and a staggering number of inaccuracies’.
In a statement released on his website, he said the newspaper had failed to provide a fair and balanced story.
‘The publisher has deliberately misstated and misrepresented information in the public domain and has failed to fairly report information that has been conveyed to them over the last several days,’ his statement read.
‘It’s disappointing that the publisher has chosen to report inaccurately and in such a sensational and biased manner. I have asked my legal team to review the article.
‘I am not the first person to be subjected to this type of reporting and I will not be the last. I am immensely proud of everything that I have achieved professionally as a surgeon in Australia and internationally, and of the work of the Charlie Teo Foundation.
‘I recognise that none of this would have been possible without the support of my amazing team, many of whom who have been with me for many years.’
A spokeswoman for The Sydney Morning Herald said the publication stands by the story.
High-profile neurosurgeon Charlie Teo (pictured) has fired back after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour
‘Kate McClymont has spent many weeks researching this story: interviewing surgeons, other medical professionals, patients, their families and examining court files.
‘Dr Teo has been repeatedly contacted with requests to discuss and respond to the allegations in recent weeks.’
The Sydney-based neurosurgeon, 61, made headlines earlier this year after he was criticised for charging high fees for his procedures – although his patients have said his life-saving skills are worth the money.
University of Sydney Dr Henry Woo said GoFundMe campaigns being set up by his patients to cover costs were ‘disturbing’.
‘Something is seriously wrong if a terminally ill girl with a brain tumour has to raise $120k to have surgery Dr Charlie Teo has offered to do for $60-80K,’ Professor Woo wrote.
Dr Teo has explained in cases where a surgery cost $120,000, about $80,000 went to the private hospital, while the remaining $40,000 was shared between himself, a radiologist, an anaesthetist and others.
He said he would receive about $8000 to $15,000 himself and the high private fees were charged because desperate interstate patients had to go outside their own public system.