COOK'S NIGHT OF SHAME
Advertising identity Michael Cook will appear in Waverley Local Court tomorrow morning after what has been described as a “drunken night of shame".
He was arrested by Kings Cross police at 5.30am on Saturday following several reports of disorderly and obscene behaviour that began on Friday at a well known restaurant on the wharf at Woolloomooloo.
A police spokesman declined to give further details but confirmed that a man had been questioned in relation to a series of incidents in the area. The man had been detained in cells on Saturday night after biting a female police officer and had been bailed to appear in court this morning charged with offensive behaviour, assaulting a police officer, shoplifting and wilful damage to property.
Cook, one of the advertising industry’s most respected figures, had resigned from his position as CEO of a local film agency and was celebrating his departure with friends on Friday.
A high-spirited lunch, in which Cook’s party consumed the celebrity eatery’s entire stock of sauvignon blanc, descended into chaos when the group refused to leave.
A restaurant staffer confirmed that Cook and a number of others were asked to leave when they began heckling and harassing other diners.
“They got a bit upset about being told to go and one of them kicked over a couple of tables on his way out," said the staffer, who declined to be named. “He grabbed an umbrella and threatened one of the girls with it."
Witnesses say Cook then headed to Kings Cross, hitting several nightclubs in Sydney’s red-light district. At one point he is alleged to have stripped naked and stood in the street barking at cars. He was later reported to have stolen a Ken Done shirt and a souvenir didgeridoo which he used in an obscene manner before smashing several shop windows with it.
A spokeswoman for Cook confirmed he had been arrested but said that claims of his misbehaviour were a “gross distortion of the truth’’.
“People who know Michael will know that he is simply not capable of the acts of which he has been accused,’’ she said.
“He will defend all charges and I suspect there may be some other agenda involved here.’’