Sacked radio star doubles down on Brittany Higgins comments

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·3-min read

Veteran broadcaster Jeremy Cordeaux has defended his on-air comments about Brittany Higgins that led to his sacking, saying he would use similar language with his own daughter.

Cordeaux on Monday was dismissed from his role hosting the weekend breakfast show at Adelaide radio staton FIVEaa after he called alleged rape victim Ms Higgins a "silly girl who got drunk".

"She should have her bottom smacked," he claimed on Saturday, saying she should not have allowed herself to get in "that kind of compromising situation".

Jeremy Cordeaux, pictured, was sacked from his Fiveaa radio job after his Brittany Higgins comments.
Veteran radio host Jeremy Cordeaux has moved to explain his remarks on Saturday that led to his dismissal. Source: 7News

Speaking to 7News Adelaide on Monday after his sacking, the 75-year-old doubled down on his comments.

"The advice I give to my own daughter: 'Do not go out and get drunk. Regardless of how well you may know the people around you, do not put yourself in harm's way. Be on guard all the time, don't be a silly little girl'," he said.

Cordeaux once again laid blame on the Parliament House security team for allowing Ms Higgins into the building while intoxicated.

He argued talkback radio is not for sitting on the fence and there was always going to be controversies.

"I have no regrets for what I said," Cordeaux said.

Brittany Higgins responds to Cordeaux's sacking

Ms Higgins responded to the news of Cordeaux's sacking, thanking Nova Entertainment for their decision.

"I politely disagree Mr Cordeaux. No, I do not deserve to have my 'bottom smacked'," she wrote on Twitter.

"This rhetoric isn鈥檛 helpful especially given the cultural reckoning about consent that is taking place across the country.

"Instead of seeking to modify the behaviour of victims, let鈥檚 try to address how we can deter perpetrators of sexual crimes."

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On Saturday, Cordeaux called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to "stop worrying about offending somebody" and to "call [Ms Higgins' claim] out for what it is".

鈥淚f this girl has been raped, why hasn鈥檛 the guy who raped her been arrested? Apparently everyone knows his name," he said.

In a statement, Nova Entertainment said Cordeaux's comments were "completely inappropriate and offensive".

Ms Higgins alleges she was raped in Defence Minister Linda Reynolds' office in 2019 by a colleague.

Her claims have led to a series of alleged incidences of abuse and inappropriate behaviour in parliament coming to light, with Mr Morrison vowing to change the current culture and injustices women face in Canberra and across the nation.

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