A 49-year-old Western Australia man has been charged with common assault following an incident in which a tub of yoghurt – blueberry flavoured, to be exact – was allegedly hurled at ABC journo Leigh Sales yesterday.
Sales was appearing in Perth at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas as a keynote speaker, discussing her recently released book Any Ordinary Day. Mid-speech, the offending tub of yoghurt was allegedly hurled at Sales, striking the lectern she was standing behind and drawing howls of shock from the audience.
The incident, which was captured on camera, momentarily rattled Sales, however she recovered quickly and made light of it – noting it was “a waste of some perfectly good yoghurt I’m afraid” – before continuing on with the session.
The entire incident was captured on camera, and has subsequently done the rounds of breakfast TV this morning.
The accused yoghurt chucker was lead away by police and subsequently charged. Seven News Perth caught up with the 49-year-old later in the day. He claimed the alleged hurl was an “off-the-cuff thing” and was not premeditated. He then offered an apology to “Lisa,” before being corrected and stating “sorry Leigh and apologies for getting your name wrong.”
Sales, for her part, seems largely unfazed by the incident. After arriving back in Sydney she Tweeted that she was “totally fine” and that the whole shebang was a “kerfuffle over something minor.”
Oh dear, have just landed from the Perth-Syd flight to a kerfuffle over something minor – thanks for the concern, I'm totally fine! Just relieved everyone at the festival was okay and thank you to security, police, audience etc.— Leigh Sales (@leighsales) July 28, 2019
The 49-year-old man will appear in court to have the charge heard at a later, undisclosed date.
A hot take? Do not throw yoghurt at journalists. Or really anyone for that matter. Put it in your tum instead.