UPDATE 8:30 AM SATURDAY | The Hobart DJ who allegedly attacked former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has spoken out.
Astro Labe has been charged with common assault for allegedly headbutting Mr Abbott on Thursday afternoon.
He has told reporters he intends to plead guilty to the charge and that the drunken attack was inspired by a “personal hatred” of the politician.
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The 38-year-old saw Mr Abbott on the street and went over to shake his hand before deciding to instead land a headbutt.
Labe was wearing a ‘yes’ sticker at the time, which initially sparked belief the attack was related to the current same-sex marriage postal survey.
But he has confirmed, that had nothing to do with it and he is “embarrassed” by the prospect that his actions could have an impact on the outcome.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 22, 2017
EARLIER 2:30 PM FRIDAY | A MAN who allegedly walked up to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and headbutted him in the face as he left a private function in Hobart has been arrested and charged.
The 38-year-old North Hobart man was arrested by police in Tasmania on Friday and charged with one count of common assault following the incident on Thursday.
He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Hobart Magistrates Court on October 23.
FIRST at 8:30 PM THURSDAY | FORMER Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been attacked by a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart.
The incident occurred as Mr Abbott was returning to his hotel after leaving a private function on Thursday.
Sky News Presenter Andrew Bolt said Mr Abbott was “headbutted in the face” by a man with a ‘Yes’ badge.
“Tony Abbott, former prime minister, was in Hobart today, going from the function back to his hotel with his media man, Sam,” Bolt reported.
“A bloke with a Yes badge walks out and says ‘Hey, Tony, can I shake your hand?’.”
After offering his hand, Bolt said the man with “tatts and all that stuff” assaulted the former prime minister.
“The man headbutts him in the face, goes off swearing, abusing him, saying he deserved it,” Bolt said.
Mr Abbott said the incident was a reminder of how ugly the same-sex marriage debate has become.
“He wasn’t very good at it, I’ve got to say,” Mr Abbott told Sky News. “… but he did make contact. The only damage was a very very slightly swollen lip.
“I was with a member of my staff [and] the member of my staff briefly grappled with this guy and he then ran off swearing his head off.”
“It was just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting.”
The former prime minister does not support same-sex marriage.
— The Bolt Report (@theboltreport) September 21, 2017
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) September 21, 2017