Former Deal or No Deal host Andrew O’Keefe has unleashed an angry rant against the legal system after he dodged jail despite allegedly failing a drug test.
O’Keefe was accused of breaching his bail conditions as he awaits trial on charges of choking and assaulting a woman in January this year.
The fallen star allegedly tested positive for methamphetamines and cocaine after police allegedly found a man carrying drugs leaving O’Keefe’s Vaucluse home.
O’Keefe was immediately arrested and faced Waverley Local Court, in Sydney’s east, on Thursday afternoon and was again released on bail.
But outside the court, agitated O’Keefe – wearing a tight blue t-shirt and unshaven – raged against the criminal justice system in a furious spray at authorities.
Former Deal or No Deal host Andrew O’Keefe (pictured) has unleashed an angry rant against the legal system after he dodged jail despite allegedly failing a drug test
‘You don’t get to hear the story,’ he fumed. ‘The thing about the justice system is that we get no time to prepare as the defendant.
‘And you’re at a distinct disadvantage about getting the facts to even your own people.’
His lawyer claimed in court there was a lack of information about the police procedure involved in the oral swab test used to check O’Keefe for drugs.
Outside court, O’Keefe added: ‘That’s what we discovered in court today. There was a high probability of contempt, erm, contamination (to the sample).’
The court had earlier heard police were monitoring O’Keefe’s home when they spotted another man leaving the house.
The man was quickly searched by police who allegedly found drugs on him.
The court heard police then gave O’Keefe an oral swab, which returned a positive result.
O’Keefe was accused of breaching his bail conditions as he awaits trial on charges of choking and assaulting a woman in January
The fallen star allegedly tested positive for methamphetamines and cocaine after police swooped on a man spotted leaving O’Keefe’s Vaucluse home who was allegedly found to be carrying drugs
O’Keefe’s lawyer told the court his client had been abstinent from drugs since his release from rehab three weeks ago, and that they would be arguing the drug sample may have been contaminated.
O’Keefe appeared distressed at the court appearance as he sat with his face in his hands and was scolded by the judge.
‘You need to choose your company very, very carefully,’ Judge Jacqueline Milledge said.
‘I agree,’ O’Keefe responded.
Former Seven Network personality Andrew O’Keefe (above) was arrested and accused of breaching his bail conditions
Andrew O’Keefe was granted bail on Thursday after allegedly failing a drug test (O’Keefe is pictured with his ex-wife Eleanor in 2005)
O’Keefe had a glowing report from the rehab facility when he was released – his 10th stint in a facility of its kind, the court heard.
‘He’s tried to get back on track, his partner has let him rekindle his relationship with his children,’ O’Keefe’s lawyer said.
The court heard O’Keefe also wants to be a lawyer, and hopes to study the profession after previously being credited years ago.
O’Keefe will next face Waverley Court on December 14.
He must remain of good behaviour, stay at his Vaucluse address, attend weekly appointments with his psychiatrist and psychologist.
The ex-TV star must also not leave NSW, go near an airport and can only take medication prescribed by his doctor.
The judge also ordered he stay away from alcohol and drugs and not enter any place where alcohol is sold.
He will also be subject to weekly drug tests.
NSW Police confirmed the one-time Channel Seven star was arrested at his luxury home in Vaucluse, eastern Sydney, at about 10.40am on Thursday.
He was taken to Waverley Police Station ahead of his court hearing.
In May, O’Keefe was granted Supreme Court bail to attend the Connect Global rehab centre in Port Stephens where he worked as a residential cleaner.
The court ordered he spend six to twelve months at the facility, marking his tenth attempt at rehab.
O’Keefe was arrested in January and remanded in custody at Silverwater jail while awaiting trial for charges of intentionally choking a person, common assault, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police allege O’Keefe grabbed a 38-year-old woman by her throat and pushed her to the ground before punching and kicking her in Sydney’s CBD.
O’Keefe claimed he acted in self-defence. The woman cannot be named for legal reasons.
O’Keefe (right) was granted bail to attend a Port Stephen’s rehabilitation centre in May following his January arrest
O’Keefe (above) spent 17 years working for Seven where he hosted Deal or No Deal, The Chase and Weekend Sunrise before he was arrested on assault allegations
Footage captured by Daily Mail Australia of O’Keefe’s January arrest showed the former TV star kicking and screaming as he was led to a nearby police van.
‘F*** you, I’m a victim of crime. I’m a victim of crime you f***wits. F*** off,’ he screamed while kicking the windows of the vehicle’s cell.
‘Get rid of these journalists you stupid c***s. F*** you.’
O’Keefe spent 17 years working for Seven where he hosted gameshows Deal or No Deal, The Chase and current affairs program Weekend Sunrise.
However, he was sacked by the media giant in early 2021 following accusations he assaulted his former doctor girlfriend.
His uncle was the legendary rock star Johnny O’Keefe, while the 50-year-old’s father Barry was a NSW Supreme Court justice.
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