EXCLUSIVE: Cocktail company breaks silence after accusation that Karl Stefanovic ‘touched’ one of their male bartenders at charity gala – while police investigation continues
- Stefanovic, 48, attended the charity fundraiser with his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough
- Accused of ‘touching’ a man who worked for a cocktail company, Mr Consistent
- Daily Mail Australia understands that the police have collected a statement from a participant
- Police confirmed on Tuesday that the investigation is still ongoing
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Karl Stefanovic is pictured with his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough, at the August event
A trendy cocktail company has broken its silence after one of its male waiters was allegedly ‘touched’ by Karl Stefanovic at a charity gala.
The 48-year-old TV presenter made headlines on Thursday when Queensland Police confirmed they were investigating a report of an alleged attack on a man at a melanoma fundraiser at the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Brisbane’s Newstead on August 20.
Stefanovic, who hosted the six-hour event, and Nine Network have so far declined to comment, but police said on Tuesday that no charges have been filed and investigations are still ongoing.
It can now be revealed that the man in question was bartending for Mr. Consistent with the cancer fundraiser, A Night For Melanoma, on the night of the alleged incident.
The company specializes in cocktail mixers and offers bar service for private events.
A company spokeswoman said in a statement to the Daily Mail Australia: “Mr. Consistently prioritizes the safety of their staff and any police investigation, and declines to comment on any allegations.”
It is understood that detectives collected a statement from at least one person at the fundraiser.
Daily Mail Australia does not accuse Stefanovic of any wrongdoing.
The alleged victim worked for a cocktail mixer event, Mr Consistent. Pictured: A stock photo of a woman holding a bottle from a Mr Consistent mixer
Mr Consistent (stock photo is pictured showing Mr Consistent products) declined to comment on the allegations
Meanwhile, the married father of four co-hosts Today with no reference to the alleged incident.
Organized by charity group The Six Hour Project, the event raised a massive $290,000 for melanoma research.
Stefanovic was in attendance with his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough, and was pictured mingling with guests and posing for photos with organizers and fans at the gala – largely wearing a white baseball cap that read ‘f**k cancer’.
At one point, he tried to lure guests onto the dance floor by yelling “Come on…get up” into a microphone on Chic’s 1970s disco hit “Le Freak.”
Karl Stefanovic was filmed singing and dancing to Chic’s ‘Le Freak’ at a charity gala in August (pictured)
The media personality shared a heartfelt post with melanoma patient Gina (pictured side by side at the event)
He also took a selfie alongside melanoma patient and event organizer, Gina Savage.
“Gina, courage, resilience and beauty,” he wrote on social media.
“We just lifted the roof for you, your fights, your charities and everyone else battling melanoma.”
Ms Savage previously appeared in a Today show interview with Stefanovic to tell the story of her diagnosis before the couple reunited to hold the fundraiser.
The Australian reported that several attendees did not see an altercation and that Stefanovic left the event in good spirits.
“Karl was actually a legend the whole time,” said one.
The allegations come after Stefanovic was photographed at Sydney airport on Wednesday after returning to Australia from England – after being sent to London on September 13 to cover the death of Queen Elizabeth II.