The man accused of spray painting “Roxy is a c***” on PR magnate Roxy Jacenko’s Sydney office has walked free from court.
Jacenko has accused Bitcoin trader Anthony Hess of the graffiti and was in court seeking a restraining order against the businessman, according to news.com.au.
The Sweaty Betty PR boss had also accused Hess of “screaming and ranting” at her at an event in Sydney in 2019.
Jacenko’s barrister Supreme Court judge Greg James QC showed the court printouts of an Instagram post by Hess which joked her husband Oliver Curtis’s prison sentence “must take into consideration time spent married to Roxy”.
When questioned over the posts, Hess responded: “You’re not in the age of Instagram, in the age of memes and joking around … I think you’re just not in touch with what’s going on”.
Ultimately, Magistrate Allison Hawkins described Jacenko’s evidence as “hollow and unimpressive” and “grossly exaggerated”.
The magistrate did, however, describe Hess as “an individual who lacks social graces, is puerile and juvenile in nature”.
Speaking outside of court, Hess denied the accusations he was the perpetrator of the graffiti attack.
“Gay guys don’t do graffiti,” he said.
“I’m not a graffiti artist … I’m your typical, friendly gay guy,” he said earlier while in the witness box.
This latest news follows the infamous ‘poo jogger‘, who was caught on CCTV defecating outside Jacenko’s lavish Paddington offices last year.
Despite reports of potential perpetrators, the ‘poo jogger’ is believed to still be at large.