The revelations about Tony Veitch in the Dominion Post yesterday were shocking.
- Shocking that he is alleged to have perpetrated this crime against his former girlfriend
- Shocking that he paid her $100,000 to keep quiet about it
- Shocking that he didn’t deny the allegation (in the public mind that’s an admission)
- Shocking that a high profile and popular presenter would stoop to injuring his girlfriend to the extent she was confined to a wheelchair.
This is if it’s true (see #3).
TVNZ and The Radio Network responded slowly to the news. They gave him the benefit of the doubt, for a day. That delay made them look like they condoned the behaviour.
And as this event shows violence in the family happens irrespective of what side of the train tracks you live on.
We are reminded of the departure of Clint Brown from TV3 in 2006. Brown, also a sports presenter, was stood down over allegations of drunk and abusive behaviour. This included making derogatory remarks about Maori women, kicking a taxi and insulting a customer’s wife. He was beaten up as a result and suffered a fractured eye socket and chipped teeth.
TV3 lost a respected and popular presenter. Now TVNZ have suffered the same fate.
Research suggests that if there is violence in one relationship, there was probably violence in previous and subsequent relationships. If Veitch doesn’t front up to his actions then we can be assured people from his past will reveal other discretions.
We haven’t heard the last of this.