• Wed, Aug 22 2007

Darren Hayes Arrested After Racist Attack

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Last week he was sounding off about John Howard’s stance on homosexual rights. This week Darren Hayes’ mouth has found him behind bars. The former Savage Garden frontman was arrested after hurling racist barbs at a waiter in a London Thai restaurant.

“We can confirm that a 35-year-old man was arrested by Westminster police on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

“He was arrested after voluntarily attending a Central London police station by appointment. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries, until the 21st of September.”

However, according to Darren’s solicitor the claims are untrue.

“He is deeply upset at the allegation which he strenuously denies and anyone who knows Darren will recognise that the particular nature of the allegation is totally abhorrent to him and contrary to everything for which he has stood,” reads a post on Darren’s official website.

I must admit, the softly spoken singer spends so much time fighting for equality that racial attacks seem very out of character. Yet the manager of the Busaba Eathai restaurant in Soho is sticking to his story. I guess we’ll just have to wait until the case goes to trial to get to the bottom of it.

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