Former broadcaster Andrew O’Keeffe has opened up about his new life after shock assault allegations landed him in rehab.
Andrew O’Keeffe was once one of Australia’s most beloved stars, gracing our screens for years on various popular shows.
But today he leads a very different life, far from the glamor of television.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Telegraphformer Chase Australia The presenter spoke about life in a court-ordered rehab center as he awaits a hearing on shock charges he assaulted a former sex worker.
To read the full interview, drop by his $350 a week cabin and see how he spends every day away. Daily Telegraph
O’Keeffe reported that his days now start early at 5:30 a.m., with the former chairman of White Ribbon Australia looking at himself in the mirror every morning and repeating the same mantra, telling himself he’s a “good person”.
“It’s a completely different place. It’s a very holistic view of one’s place in the world,” he told reporters. Telegraph.
“That is, you address addictions and behaviors, but you do so in a way that you can be a useful member of the family and society.”
Located on the north coast of New South Wales, O’Keeffe will call the facility his home for the next six to twelve months after he was released on bail by the New South Wales Supreme Court in late May.
In the camp, life is highly regimented, and O’Keefe must make his bed daily, attend Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, follow a grueling exercise plan, help with cleaning and other chores, and participate in counseling sessions and blood and blood tests. urine tests to confirm sobriety.
O’Keeffe’s stunning fall
The 50-year-old man has been in custody since he was arrested in January and then charged with assaulting and strangling a woman in an apartment in Sydney’s CBD.
O’Keeffe pleaded not guilty to six counts, including intentionally strangling a person without their consent, three counts of assault, and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm.
In February, he pleaded guilty to a separate charge of drug possession.
Under the terms of the bail, O’Keeffe must stay in rehab for at least six months, take all of his prescribed medications, and see a psychiatrist and psychologist weekly.
Through his lawyers, O’Keeffe had previously stated that he acted in self-defense and was himself the victim of an attack.
The applicant in his case was not charged with any offence.
During the bail hearing, the crown prosecutor told the court that the woman and O’Keefe recognized each other when he bought sex from her and subsequently became friends.
The court was told that O’Keeffe had alleged prior to the alleged attacks that the woman owed him about $20,000 and pressured him to give her more money to develop the flower business.
O’Keeffe will also return to court for another hearing in June after pleading not guilty to violating a violence detention order issued to protect another alleged victim, who also cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Channel 7 dumped the former TV star after a 17-year partnership that saw him appear on a number of successful shows, including Chasing Australia, Weekend Sunrise, Deal or No Deal, Rich List and other prime time specials including the Logie Awards.
He has been awarded the Order of Australia for his television and charitable work, including as a former ambassador for domestic violence organization White Ribbon.
– with NCA NewsWire