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Inside Karl Stefanovic’s night at charity gala at Mercedes-Benz, Newstead – as TV host investigated


EXCLUSIVE: Inside Karl Stefanovic’s night out at black tie charity gala where he was accused of ‘touching’ a waiter – as he returns to the Today Show without saying a word

  • Karl Stefanovic recorded attempting to sing and dance to ‘Le Freak’ at charity gala
  • He’s under police investigation for allegedly ‘touching’ a waiter on the event
  • TV star hosted the black tie event for melanoma research in Brisbane in August
  •  Do more? Email charlotte.karp@mailonline.com

Karl Stefanovic’s very awkward rendition of a ’70s disco hit during an evening hosting an extravagant charity gala has been caught on camera – before he was accused of ‘touching’ a waiter at the identical event.

Queensland Police confirmed on Thursday they were investigating a report of an alleged assault on a person at a melanoma fundraiser held on the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Brisbane’s Newstead on August 20.

It is known the waiter lodged a report after he was allegedly touched by Stefanovic – who attended along with his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough.

The daddy-of-four has not been charged and is is yet to answer the claims, including requests from Every day Mail Australia.

The TV host ignored the alleged incident completely while co-hosting Today on Friday morning.

Nevertheless, footage of the event – which was called ‘A Night For Melanoma’ and run by cancer charity group, The Six Hour Project – has emerged online.

Karl Stefanovic (pictured along with his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough, on the event in August)  is being investigated by police over an alleged assault at a Brisbane fundraiser

In a cringeworthy video, Stefanovic may very well be seen wearing a white baseball cap while dancing and attempting to sing ‘Le Freak’ by Chic in an try and encourage the 350 guests to hitch him on the dance floor on the six-hour event.

‘Get on the tables,’ he hollered, busting disco moves in a suit and bowtie, while holding a microphone.

‘Come on. 

‘Be at liberty to rise up,’ he beckoned, motioning people within the audience to bop with him.

Stefanovic was also pictured mingling with guests and posing for photos with organisers and fans on the gala, which raised an enormous $290,000 for melanoma research.

Karl Stefanovic was filmed singing and dancing to 'Le Freak' by Chic at a charity gala in August (pictured)

Karl Stefanovic was filmed singing and dancing to ‘Le Freak’ by Chic at a charity gala in August (pictured)

Pictured: Stefanovic singing 'Le Freak' Stefanovic tried to encourage others to join him on the dance floor

Pictured left and right: Stefanovic singing ‘Le Freak’. He tried to encourage others to hitch him on the dance floor

In a single photo, the media personality posed next to melanoma sufferer and event organiser, Gina Savage.

‘Gina, courage, resilience and wonder,’ he wrote on social media.

‘We just lifted the roof for you, your battles, your charity and everybody else fighting melanoma.’

‘One Australian dies every six hours from melanoma,’ the fundraiser website read.

‘The Six Hour Project is on a mission to alter this devastating statistic.’

Ms Savage previously appeared in an interview on the Today show with Stefanovic to inform the story of her diagnosis before the pair reunited to carry the fundraiser. 

The media personality shared a heartfelt post to melanoma sufferer Gina (pictured next to each other at the event)

The media personality shared a heartfelt post to melanoma sufferer Gina (pictured next to one another on the event)

Pictured: Stefanovic and his wife mingle with guests at the fundraiser in Newstead on August 20

Pictured: Stefanovic and his wife mingle with guests on the fundraiser in Newstead on August 20 

The allegations come as Stefanovic was pictured at Sydney airport on Wednesday after arriving back in Australia from England.

The tv presenter was sent to London on September 13 to cover the death of Queen Elizabeth II and her funeral. 

On Thursday, police told The Courier-Mail: ‘Queensland Police are investigating a report regarding the alleged assault of a person at a Newstead business during an event on Saturday, August 20.’

‘As investigations are ongoing it could be inappropriate to comment further.’ 

The Australian reported that several attendees didn’t see any altercation happen and that Stefanovic left the event in good spirits. 

‘Karl was actually being a legend the entire time,’ one said.


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