Australian gossip columnist Andrew Hornery humbly apologizes to famed accountant Anthony Bell after making false accusations about him
Sydney Morning Herald columnist Andrew Hornery has apologized to famed accountant Anthony Bell after an article published last weekend made false claims about him.
The article, titled “Michael Clarke, Anthony Bell and Sydney’s most intriguing boys’ club,” claimed Bell was the founder of a boisterous “boys’ club” that lacked “family values.”
In his apology released on Sunday, Hornery wrote: “We recognize the outstanding contribution made by Mr Bell’s charity in purchasing life-saving medical equipment for children in hospitals across Australia.
Gossip columnist Andrew Hornery (pictured) has apologized to famous accountant Anthony Bell after an article last weekend made false claims about him
“The Sun-Herald deplores any suggestion that Mr Bell is the founder of a ‘boys club’ and does not have appropriate family values.
“We recognize that Mr Bell was a bystander of the Noosa incident referred to in the article and was in no way part of the dispute.
“The Sun-Herald apologizes unreservedly to Mr. Bell for the pain and suffering this article has caused him, his family and friends.” read the statement.
The article has since been deleted online.
The article, titled “Michael Clarke, Anthony Bell and Sydney’s most intriguing boys’ club,” claimed Bell was the founder of a boisterous “boys’ club” that lacked “family values.” Pictured: Anthony Bell and Michael Clarke in 2016
It comes after Bell witnessed a blazing brawl between his close friend, former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke, and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough earlier this month.
Dramatic footage obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows a shirtless Clarke being yelled at and hit by his angry girlfriend while others in the group, including TV presenter Karl Stefanovic and Bell, try to defuse the riot.
Viral video of the Noosa incident shows Yarbrough accusing Clarke of sleeping with his ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards on December 17 and sending her a message saying she is the “love of his life”.
It comes after Bell and Today show host Karl Stefanovic (left) witnessed a blazing brawl between his close friend, former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke (centre) and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough
All hell broke loose when Clarke, Stefanovic and the Yarbrough sisters had dinner with Bell at a beachfront restaurant in Noosa.
The video begins with Yarbrough yelling at Clarke before slapping him in the face and pushing him away after the cricketer insists he hasn’t cheated on her.
‘Am I wrong? I’m damn wrong! You are a fucking liar. i can see everything You called her,” she yells, apparently referring to messages between Clarke and Edwards.
Bell and Stefanovic tell the couple to call it quits, which falls on deaf ears.
All hell broke loose that evening when Clarke, Stefanovic and the Yarbrough sisters had dinner with Bell at a beachfront restaurant in Noosa. Pictured: Clarke and Bell in 2015