The man who hit Qantas CEO Alan Joyce in the face with a lemon meringue pie has been charged with assault, police say.
The man, Tony Overheu, said he apologised to Mr Joyce after the stunt at a business breakfast on Tuesday and explained he was protesting against the CEO’s “corporate bullying” on the issue of marriage equality.
Mr Joyce was one of 30 CEOs who signed a joint letter in March urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legislate for same-sex marriage.
Mr Joyce said yesterday the man’s actions wouldn’t stop him expressing his views on social issues.
“The police are continuing their investigation and my intention is to send a message that this type of behaviour isn’t acceptable and that I will have every intention of pressing charges,” he told reporters.
“No attempt at bullying us to suppress our voice will work.”
On Thursday Western Australia Police said the 67-year-old had now been charged with common assault, trespass and damage.
Police said the man will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on June 7 to face the new charges and a previous charge of giving false details to police.