Australian Host Won't Be Charged In Sex Assault
July 26, 2006 at 6:02 AM (PT)
Talk 2AW/MELBOURNE host DERRYN HINCH told a NINE NETWORK reporter that he will pursue legal action against a former business partner who accused him of sexual assault now that the police have apparently recommended no charges be brought in the case. Police spokespersons would not confirm that the charges have been dropped but the brief recommending that the case be dropped has been filed with the Office of Public Prosecutions.
HINCH was accused in MARCH of sexual assault by former business partner MARY ANN MARTINEK; he told the reporter that "because my name has been partly cleared, now I want to make her feel the heat... I knew that I'd done nothing wrong and I said way back that it was malicious, it was vindictive. And I kept telling my lawyer if they think they've got something, charge me, otherwise you've got an alleged rapist walking around and going on radio every night." HINCH claims that MARTINEK allegedly attempted to extort $50,000. from him in exchange for not making the assault charges.