Jacob Elordi is making headlines for reportedly assaulting a radio producer – but fans believe that Elordi was the one who was wronged in the situation.
According to Australia's Daily Telegraph, the Saltburn actor was at a hotel in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs when he was approached by Joshua Fox. Fox, a producer for The Kyle & Jackie O Show, claims that on Monday morning, he asked Elordi if he could have some of his bathwater for Jackie 'O' Henderson for her birthday, referencing an infamous scene from Saltburn. Fox was reportedly filming the Euphoria star. I don't know; I'd feel very uncomfortable too if asked that, and I'd be heated if I were filmed without my consent.
Fox played the private audio on the radio show, per The Daily Mail. In it, Fox apparently approaches Elordi with an empty jar, asking for some of his bathwater. Elordi replied, "You're kidding." The actor then asked, "Are you filming?" When Fox confirmed he was, Elordi said, "Can you not, man, please?"
The show's co-host, Kyle Sandilands, alleges that Elordi asked Fox to delete the video footage but that he was able to retrieve it from his deleted files. So, let me get this straight – Elordi asked for a nonconsensual film to be deleted, and they decided to play the audio on the show for millions of people to hear, anyway?
Jackie 'O' Henderson, who was a fan of Saltburn, said, "When Josh heard that Jacob was at one of the hotels nearby on Saturday afternoon, he went down there. He didn’t want to invade his privacy so he didn’t go inside the hotel, he waited outside."
"Apparently [Fox] thought it would be funny to give him this Tupperware container that said 'Jacob’s bathwater' written on it, and Jacob didn't love that."
Fox alleges that Elordi "got up in his face" and "backed him against a wall" as his two male friends surrounded him on either side, which prevented Fox from getting away. "[I was] feeling quite intimidated that and I'm thinking something's gonna happen here because I can't move. They're all surrounding me against this wall," the producer said.
According to Variety's article, Elordi asked Fox to stop filming and delete the footage, and the situation "allegedly escalated." “I refuse to because I feel uncomfortable right now, and this is the only evidence,” Fox revealed on his show. “And then Jacob kind of just flips, and he kind of pushes me against the wall, and his hands are on my throat.”
New South Wales Police says they are investigating the issue in a statement to Variety. “Officers attached to Eastern Beaches Police Area Command are investigating after a man was allegedly assaulted outside a hotel in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs,” a statement from officials reads. “Police were told about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday 3 February 2024, a 32-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by a 26-year-old man. The man did not sustain any injuries. Inquiries into the incident is continuing.”
Variety's piece on the matter has gone viral, but people are not buying the story. @kirkxxs on X writes, "what is buried and danced around in the article is that elordi was sexually harassed by said radio producer." They added, "maybe I’d get violent, too."
@EPM106 tweets, "Personally I would’ve refrained from mentioning that the genesis of this incident was my making an unsolicited sexual comment and then refusing to delete footage after being told I’d made my attacker feel harassed."
This is not the first time the Kyle & Jackie O Show has come under fire. In 2012, the show was suspended for three weeks after the Australian Communications and Media Authority launched an investigation in July 2009 over a disturbing segment. According to ABC News, the radio station broadcasted a lie detector test with a mother and a 14-year-old girl. They asked her questions about her sexual activity, despite the minor's protests. The young girl revealed to her mom that she was raped when she was 12, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. However, Wikipedia states that Fox did not join as a producer until 2022.
Jacob Elordi has yet to address the allegations.
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