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23 August 2007 :: 17:08:14 pm 30750

Pop Singer, Hayes, Arrested For A Racist Attack On A Thai Restaurant Waiter

Darren Hayes, former Savage Garden lead singer has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff at a Thai restaurant in London.
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Last Friday night, The pop star, 35, handed himself in to police where he was arrested after an incident at Busaba Eathai restaurant in Wardour street, London, on 22 July. Darren Hayes has denied he racially attacked a waiter. The attack did not involve physical violence, but is believed to have been directed at a male member of staff. A restaurant manager, who did not want to be named, confirmed the incident and said that it involved a verbal attack by Hayes on a member of staff.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We can confirm that a 35-year-old man was arrested by Westminster police on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff.” “He was arrested after voluntarily attending a Central London police station by appointment. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries, until the 21st of September.”

A statement from Hayes’ solicitor said the singer was “deeply upset” and “strenuously denies” the allegation. He also denied the allegations through a statement posted on the singer’s website.

“Darren is unable to comment to any extent as the incident is presently under investigation by the police, with whom he has co-operated fully,” the statement said.

“Anyone who knows Darren will recognise that the particular nature of the allegation is totally abhorrent to him and contrary to everything for which he has stood.”

Hayes formed Savage Garden with producer Daniel Jones in 1994.

They enjoyed nine UK top 20 hits between 1997 and 2000, including Truly, Madly, Deeply, To The Moon And Back and I Knew I Loved You.

The Brisbane-born singer released his third solo CD, a double album called This Delicate Thing We’ve Made, on Monday.

The incident follows Hayes’s public criticism on a visit to Australia a week ago, for his stance on homosexuality.

Hayes hit out at the need for his partner, Richard Cullen, who he married in London last year, to fly to Australia on a tourist visa.

“It makes me angry and frustrated,” Hayes told News Ltd newspapers. “I’m Australian and the way the law sits I can’t bring my partner home as my partner.

“That to me is an infringement of my civil rights – a very un-Australian thing.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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