Assault Charges Laid Against Man Who Threw Pie At Alan Joyce

Alan Joyce Pie

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.

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