PR maven Roxy Jacenko has broken her silence about the toll that vile graffiti attacks on her office and neighbourhood took on her – as a Sydney socialite and a controversial street artist are charged.
Anthony Hess, 40, and Andrew Lister, 41, allegedly sprayed obscene words outside the publicity queen’s office in Paddington, inner Sydney, and home in North Bondi, on April 24, 2019.
Ms Jacenko attempted to bring a restraining order against Hess in a Sydney court which ultimately failed after he denied the claim.
However, in a major development Hess was formally charged with two counts of aggravated intentional marking premises without consent last week. Lister was charged with the same offences. Neither man has entered a plea.
In a candid interview with Daily Mail Australia, Ms Jacenko said she was ‘relieved and so appreciative’ that the investigation had continued.
Roxy Jacenko with the offending words: The Sweaty Betty PR maven’s offices in Paddington, inner Sydney, were plastered with grafitti on April 24, 2019. Two men have been charged
In a candid interview with Daily Mail Australia, Ms Jacenko (above with husband Oliver) said she was ‘absolutely terrified’ by the ordeal and revealed she had to take a raft of security measures to protect her family
Anthony Hess (above) was charged with two counts of aggravated intentional marking premises without consent last week
The aftermath of the alleged incident left Ms Jacenko frightened and she would ‘never forget’ it.
‘I was absolutely terrified,’ she said.
‘I felt it necessary to implement regular and ongoing security patrols of my home, which to this day I still have in place, and of my office premises.’
She even offered a $5,000 reward at the time for information ‘out of desperation to get answers as I couldn’t understand or work out why this would have occurred.’
The grafitti didn’t only hit her company’s offices but was scrawled throughout the eastern suburbs, near Bondi Junction and her home.
Ms Jacenko may get some answers in the months ahead as the police allegations that Hess and Lister were responsible for the attacks are tested in court.
In court documents, police alleged Hess and Lister sprayed the graffiti saying ‘Roxy is a ****’ on her office wall between 1.38am and 1.40am, and then on a nearby skip bin.
Ms Jacenko said she will ‘never forget’ having to answer her son, then five, about why there was graffiti on the road calling her a ‘dog’
Ms Jacenko with her two young children Pixie and Hunter Curtis, above
The graffiti attack was caught on CCTV but neither of the figures could be positively identified despite a social media call-out by Ms Jacenko. However, police found a GoPro memory card during a raid on Lister’s home at Taylor Street, Darlinghurt, onMarch 10, 2020.
‘Upon review of the SD card, police observed three videos of which depicted the above mention incidents,’ the facts sheet alleged.
Charges were laid after Hess’ former friend Lena Kalajian went to police last Monday, claiming she witnessed the incident.
Street artist Anthony Lister has also been charged and will face court over the graffiti at a later date
Lena Kalajian, a former friend of Hess’s, went to police about the graffiti last Monday
Ms Kalajian, who was not charged, was a close friend of Hess and supported him at court appearances during the restraining order battle.
In court documents, police alleged Hess spray painted the 7m-long obscene ‘Roxy is a ****’ graffiti while Lister watched and gave instructions before they both left – all filmed on Lister’s GoPro.
A few minutes later, they allegedly sprayed an Empire skip bin, again with ‘Roxy is a c***’, on the corner of Oatley and Renny Streets in Paddington.
Police allege the GoPro footage also shows the pair discussing doing more graffiti, though the actual spraying is not filmed.
‘Roxy is a crook’ was found sprayed on a traffic barrier on Syd Enfield Drive in Woollahra and ‘Roxy is a dog’ a wall on Ramsgate Avenue in North Bondi.
The words ‘Roxy is a dog’ were found plastered in black spraypaint on Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
Further obscenities are seen above scrawled on a skip bin
The fact sheet also alleges that Hess’ mobile phone pinged towers across East Sydney and Bondi Beach, putting him in the area when the graffiti was sprayed.
Hess during the restraining order hearing said he was asleep at a friend’s house on Oxford Street 10 minutes drive away at the time.
Police also matched Hess’ Nike Epic React Flynit 2 shoes with ‘distinctive pink, blue and white on the back’ with shoes seen on the CCTV.
Hess posted a photo to Instagram of himself wearing the shoes on his Instagram on May 15, 2019, about three weeks after the vandalism.
Hess claimed to Daily Mail Australia last week that he didn’t remember the night in question and was ‘living it up’ in Los Angeles.
He will come before a Sydney court in June.
Ms Jacenko said she hoped to recover damages and legal fees worth $140,000 from her previous court case.