TV host and former White Ribbon chairman Andrew O’Keefe has been charged by police over an alleged domestic assault on his partner.
O’Keefe, 49, was arrested in Sydney in the early hours of Sunday morning and is due to face Waverly Court on Thursday. Police will allege that O’Keefe assaulted his partner Dr Orly Lavee at an apartment in Randwick just before 1am.
“Just before 1am, officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended a Randwick unit, after reports a 41-year-old woman had allegedly been assaulted in a domestic violence related incident,” NSW Police said in a statement.
“Following inquiries, police arrested a 49-year-old man nearby about 3.30am.
“He was taken to Maroubra police station where he was charged with common assault (DV) and granted conditional bail to appear at Waverley Local Court on Thursday, 4 February 2021.”
O’Keefe was granted bail on the condition that he does not contact or approach his partner, unless through his lawyer.
O’Keefe, a former lawyer and host of Weekend Sunrise and Deal or No Deal, now hosts The Chase Australia. He is the son of former NSW Supreme Court justice Barry O’Keefe and was a founding member of the domestic violence charity the White Ribbon Australia, where he served a period as its chair. The charity went into voluntary liquidation in 2019 and was relaunched with new management in 2020.
In 2017, O’Keefe was awarded an Order of Australia for his work in television and with charities like White Ribbon.
If you or someone you know needs help or advice call the national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In an emergency call 000.
You can also call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.