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Seven star accused of ‘inappropriate conduct’

Robert Ovadia of Channel 7 is being investigated over allegations of “inappropriate conduct”, the network has confirmed.
Robert Ovadia of Channel 7 is being investigated over allegations of “inappropriate conduct”, the network has confirmed.

Veteran Seven reporter Robert Ovadia is being investigated by the network’s management over allegations of “inappropriate conduct” towards a woman.

A network spokeswoman on Friday said Mr Ovadia – who has worked for Seven for more than 20 years – was “on leave.”

“Seven is conducting an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Robert Ovadia,” the spokeswoman confirmed.

7 News journalist Robert Ovadia
Seven has confirmed veteran reporter Robert Ovadia is being investigated over allegations of “inappropriate conduct”. Picture: Supplied

The two-time Walkley winner is a veteran on-air talent with the network, currently working as an investigative reporter and fill-in presenter in the Sydney newsroom.

The Seven spokeswoman did not elaborate on the details surrounding the alleged inappropriate conduct concerning Mr Ovadia.

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In his own statement, Mr Ovadia said he would defend the “malicious” allegations.

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Mr Ovadia has worked for the network for more than 20 years. Picture: Supplied / Channel 7

“Seven has told me no current or former colleague has made any complaint against me,” he said in a statement to the ABC.

“As far as I am aware, I have not been stood down by the company.

“Any suggestion I have behaved inappropriately at any time is false, malicious and will be defended.”

On his Instagram profile, Mr Ovadia shared messages of support from multiple colleagues in the wake of the probe being announced.

One message, shared to his latest story, thanks him for his “professional guidance, warmth and kindness”.

Another acknowledges him for being “one of my biggest supporters throughout my journalism career”.

“His respectful, honest and kind nature has made him not only a reliable mentor but also a good friend I could always call for advice,” the message continues.

“He was a true gentleman to me and to the many young women he worked with, consistently demonstrating the utmost respect and professionalism.”

It follows a bruising few weeks for the network in the wake of Federal Court revelations surrounding Seven’s exclusive interview with Bruce Lehrmann.

The network paid Mr Lehrmann’s rent and funded expensive dinners, $10,000 worth of Thai massages and a per diem payment allegedly spent on drugs and prostitutes.

Anthony De Ceglie has since been appointed the network’s news and current affairs director and it’s editor in chief, following the departure of Craig McPherson.