New footage has emerged of legendary presenter and music critic Ian “Molly” Meldrum appearing to expose himself before urinating on the floor at a Rod Stewart concert recently.
The Daily Mail Australia published a video and images of the former Hey Hey It’s Saturday star, 80, allegedly pulling out his genitalia and relieving himself while seated in the crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night.
“There were people everywhere. It was disgusting,” a witness told the publication.
The concerning incident comes just two months after Meldrum sparked heavy backlash after “mooning” the audience while on stage at an Elton John performance.
entertainment reporter Peter Ford addressed the latest development on 2GB’s Ben Fordham Live on Tuesday morning.
“He has an acquired brain injury, we have to accept that,” he told the radio host, referencing Meldrum’s fall from a ladder in 2011.
“Molly’s always been given to sort of odd behaviour, but since that fall – which he almost died as a result of – his judgment has been impaired.”
However, Ford added, he wasn’t “making excuses for bad behaviour”, and Meldrum’s minders needed to step in.
“I do think they’ve got to look at what’s happening when he goes out on these excursions, because he’s not being supervised enough or he’s not taking that supervision or guidance. It’s not like he’s turning up at these events on his own.”
He went on to explain that he’d been given some insight into the sad behind-the-scenes situation after Meldrum’s infamous Elton John stunt.
“I know after the last public incident with Elton, his closest minder called me and was furious with me for reporting the story,” Ford revealed.
“And they reminded me very clearly, the guy’s got an acquired brain injury – we take him out, and we can’t control what happens after that.”
In January, Meldrum had been watching the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Melbourne when the British icon paid tribute to him, dubbing him a “national treasure” and thanking him for his ongoing “love and loyalty”.
Meldrum was then seen joining the performer on stage before lowering his pants and pulling up his jacket to expose his bare bum to the crowd.
As photos and videos of the alarming stunt circulated widely on social media, Meldrum gave a confusing excuse as to why it had happened.
“I feel terrible if any of the security people get in trouble. The whole thing was 100 per cent my idea – no one else knew what I was doing. Elton might have been singing The B*tch Is Back but it was more a case of The Idiot is Back,” he told the Herald Sun, before blaming the exposure on a broken belt.
“I shouldn’t have crashed Elton’s show. As for my performance being more revealing than it should have been … well, at the start of the night, my belt buckle broke and my pants were already falling down. And on stage, one thing led to another,” he said, dubbing himself “a naughty boy, who needs a new belt.”
Despite the apology, the incident opened up old wounds for actor Samuel Johnson, who infamously won the Gold Logie in 2017 for his portrayal of Meldrum in the TV miniseries about his life, and had his victory speech – which included a call-out for his charity, Love Your Sister – unexpectedly interrupted by the former Countdown host.
Appearing on Seven’s The Morning Show following the Elton John stunt, Johnson was scathing as he claimed Meldrum’s apology was “false, denied that it was the result of a wardrobe malfunction and insisted Meldrum needed help.
“Who are his minders? Is he OK? He should not be allowed out in the night,” he said.
“If I want to make any sense out of him, I need to see him before midday. Stop, Molly, stop!” he continued, appearing close to tears.
Johnson then revealed he hadn’t been on speaking terms with Meldrum since the Logies incident, and that he will “never speak to him again”, claiming the interruption of his speech cost his charity $1 million.
Originally published at www.news.com.au