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New twist in Wilfred star’s $325k payout

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Wilfred star Jason Gann is yet to cough up the $325,000 he has to pay a bus driver he attacked in 2007, a court has heard.

Bus driver Joseph Hosny, 57, on Monday was sentenced to six months’ jail wholly suspended for fraudulently obtaining almost $50,000 in WorkCover payments after the attack, which left him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

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He failed to tell WorkCover he was working for the Victorian Racing Club, Moonee Valley Racing Club and Melbourne Cricket Club while receiving benefits, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.

Mr Hosny was also ordered to repay the money to WorkCover and legal costs, but his barrister Simon Kenny said it would be difficult unless Mr Gann paid $325,000 awarded to Mr Hosny in County Court civil proceedings in 2012.

“On current indication it seems as thought that is very unlikely,” Mr Kenny said.

“Mr Gann relocated to the US where I understand he is pursuing his career as an actor.”

Mr Gann pleaded guilty in 2008 to unlawfully assaulting Mr Hosny after repeatedly punching him in the head when he was refused a ride on a packed shuttle bus from a corporate marquee at Flemington Racecourse on Derby Day in 2007.

Mr Gann is best known for his role as the title character in comedy show Wilfred, in which he dons a furry grey dog suit and smokes, drinks and talks to his owner.

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