Bar owner denies drunk Slipper or anyone thrown out of bar
IT WAS business as usual yesterday in the colourful Sydney bar at the centre of the latest Peter Slipper controversy.
A barman's social media post, suggesting the former federal speaker was thrown out of the Oxford Hotel in the early hours yesterday, went viral but staff and patrons seemed unfazed by the media hysteria.
Asked whether it was true and if there was CCTV footage, a staff member would only say management had spoken to a broadcaster early yesterday.
Patrons told the APN Newsdesk they had not seen anything untoward.
The Australian reported Thursday that the bar has launched an investigation into the alleged incident.
Bar owner Jay Mooney denied anyone was asked to leave the premises on Tuesday night.
"At no stage, on the evening of November 13, due to intoxication or any other reason, was any patron asked to leave," he told the Australian.
Mr Slipper reportedly has threatened legal action against broadcaster Ray Hadley for reading out bar manager Stuart Cairns' post.
Attempts to contact Mr Slipper yesterday failed.
Witness claims video footage of drunk Slipper: 2GB
SYDNEY radio host Ray Hadley says he has a reliable witness who has promised to give him video footage of a drunk Peter Slipper leaving a bar frequented by the gay community.
Mr Hadley went to air on Wednesday with the explosive claims that Mr Slipper was thrown out of the Oxford Hotel bar in Darlinghurst.
The former Speaker, who stood down from the position after revelations about lewd messages with a male staffer, told News Ltd that the claims were 'untrue and highly defamatory'.
Mr Hadley said a bar worker claimed on Facebook that he had "just threw out a drunken Peter Slipper from my main bar''.
After initially airing the allegations, Mr Hadley said he was contacted by a second 'reliable' witness who said Mr Slipper was on the street about 10.30pm.
"My witness says Mr Slipper was extremely intoxicated and there is video footage of Mr Slipper making his way from one side of Oxford Street to the other,'' Mr Hadley told his listeners.
The morning host said a black car had to suddenly stop to avoid hitting Mr Slipper.
Mr Slipper was then refused entry at another hotel because he was too drunk, Mr Hadley said.
Mr Slipper's office is yet to return APN's calls or emails but has denied he was even at the hotel.
Mr Slipper said in a text message to News Ltd that: "The claims are completely untrue."
Mr Hadley denied he had gone to air based on Facebook posts, saying he had spoken to a number of people who were adamant Mr Slipper was at the bar.
"Let me assure you I am on very solid ground.. I have no doubt he was there,'' he told his audience.
It is not the first time Mr Slipper has come to attention for his alleged drunken behaviour.
The Sunshine Coast Daily has been investigating Mr Slipper's travel expenses for more than two years, raising questions about why he continues to travel through Sydney when visiting Canberra.
Records have shown visits to Sydney's Kings Cross district and Brisbane's Fortitude Valley but Mr Slipper has maintained they were for meetings and dinner appointments.
In one period, Mr Slipper flew to Sydney more than 30 times in less than six months.
Peter Slipper repeatedly accused the Daily of waging a vendetta against him over his travel expenses, which he maintained were 'within guidelines and for official government business.
"Mr Slipper has stayed in hotels in the Kings Cross / inner Sydney area because it is central and has repeatedly had meetings in restaurants in Fortitude Valley,'' he told the Daily in a statement in February 2011.
"All Mr Slipper's expenditure is within guidelines and for parliamentary, electorate or committee purposes.
When questioned on how it lined up with the LNP's commitment to cut government waste, he denied there was any waste, despite using $300 plus limos to get from his Sunshine Coast home to Brisbane Airport.
"I consider the Daily's ongoing vendetta against me, in relation to my legitimate expenses, to be grossly defamatory and will be taking legal advice with a view to seeking punitive/exemplary damages.''