Famous but afraid of his own name

I’ve jut got back from a week offline and surprise, surprise we have a celebrity name suppression case to deal with.

Yet another celebrity who trades on his fame is in trouble with law, and yet again they are afraid of their own name when it comes to fronting in court.

A celebrity household name was arrested and charged with bad behaviour in downtown Auckland – but he has been allowed to keep his identity secret.

The 46-year-old appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday, but community magistrate Joanna Sihamu granted his request to suppress his name and occupation.

Court documents show the celebrity was charged with disorderly behaviour after being arrested on Auckland’s Quay St on Wednesday.

Duty defence lawyer Jenny Smith asked for name and occupation suppression for the man, and police prosecutor Brent Thomson did not oppose the application.

The celebrity entered no plea to the charge and was remanded on bail to reappear in court next month. The address listed on the charge sheet was not his residential address, but that of his employer.

What is so bad about disorderly conduct that warrants name suppression?

Surely in his line of work a disorderly conduct charge would add to his CV?

The people I feel sorry for are other 46 year old celebrities like Simon Dallow and John Campbell who are now being smeared by the cowardice of a guy who likes to make out he is tough and ready to go in chosen profession. If I was them I would come out say it isn’t them.

I just bet his boss isn’t too pleased he used their address, especially as he is on holiday and hardly likely to be there.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.