Entertainment Music You’re a ‘Tongan bitch’: Renee Geyer in court

You’re a ‘Tongan bitch’: Renee Geyer in court

Police were called to eject Renee Geyer. Photo: AAP
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Australian singer Renee Geyer has fronted court over an ugly verbal attack that left a Sydney hotel receptionist in tears.

Geyer, 63, was at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday after she was charged with intimidation over her foul-mouthed and racist tirade in September 2015.

She was not required to appear before the magistrate and her lawyer entered a plea of guilty on her behalf to one count of intimidating with intent to cause fear.

Geyer made no comment outside court.

According to police facts, the soul singer unleashed on the lone female receptionist at the Adina Hotel in Haymarket after being told she would need to give her vehicle registration in order to access the car park.

“The accused started to shout and yell at the victim, saying the victim had no right to ask her for information, and continued to swear and shout at the victim,” said the police facts, which were tendered in court on Thursday.

Geyer was told she was no longer welcome at the hotel and police were called to help escort her from the foyer.

But about 6.40am the next day the singer returned to continue her abusive tirade, the police facts state.

She pushed a stationery holder and EFTPOS machine onto the floor and called the receptionist a “f***ing bitch” and a “Tongan bitch”.

“You caused me and my group a lot of grief, I know who you are, I’m going to come back and get you,” the soul singer and ARIA Hall of Fame member said, according to the facts.

She also said “calling the police was a joke, they’re not going to charge me”.

Police who attended found the worker visibly distressed and crying.

She has since been transferred to another hotel due to her fear of Geyer, the facts said.

It was not the first time Geyer has been in court.

In 2011, she escaped a criminal conviction for careless driving after two car crashes in her home city of Melbourne.

The singer is due to be sentenced for the intimidation charge on December 14.


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