Grant Hackett “Grabbed Nipple” On Board Flight
Grant Hackett’s track record over the last few years hasn’t been great.
He’s had a number of incidents in the past, including the infamous one at his home involving his then-wife Candice Alley.
Now, Hackett is back in the headlines, again for the wrong reasons. He’s spent the night in hiding after an altercation on a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne.
Allegedly the incident occurred when a passenger sitting in front of 35-year-old Hackett reclined his seat back. “As I reclined my chair he grabbed it and yanked it back,” the passenger said.
“Then he put his hand through and groped my chest and tweaked my nipple quite forcefully.
“I was shocked and my partner turned around and he asked him what the hell he thought he was doing.
“Mr Hackett then stroked my arm and said: “It’s OK, it’s all right.”
Seven News reported police sources as saying that during the flight Hackett “went to the toilet for an extended period, taking a bag with him.
He emerged aggressive and agitated, taking offence to a male business class passenger who reclined his seat.”
Hackett had reportedly yelled abuse and grabbed the man on the chest before crew restrained him and radioed ahead to Federal Police, according to a report on news.com.au
There are further allegations that he got out of his seat and threatened the passenger. “He was out of control,” said one source, “It was a nasty incident.”
Following the incident, Hackett was allegedly photographed leaving the airport slumped in a wheelchair beside a group of officers. A Virgin employee has since confirmed the incident to the Daily Telegraph.
Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert was also on board and helped Hackett off the plane and to a seat inside the terminal.
He claims to have seen Hackett tap the man in front of him and ask him to put his seat up, before a flight attendant asked Hackett to keep his hands to himself.
“Grant was not aggressive but did ask a passenger in front of him to not recline his chair back,” Pert told the Herald Sun.
“It appeared as if he (Hackett) reached from behind the seat and tapped the man in front of him to ask if he could put his seat up.
“There was no altercation, no argument, no restraining behaviour from the flight attendants.
“After that, he (Hackett) literally sat back and fell asleep.”
Hackett recently failed in his bid to make the Australian swimming team for the Rio Olympics.
He has since been in negotiations with Channel 7 network to work on their commentary team, according to a report on news.com.au