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Entertainment 'I am Tom Ballard's accuser': Comedian identifies himself as the man behind indecent assault allegation against the ABC personality - which Ballard says is 'simply NOT what happened'

09:30  11 june  2018
09:30  11 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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ABC host Tom Ballard (pictured) has denied allegations of sexual assault which were aired on Facebook on Saturday© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited ABC host Tom Ballard (pictured) has denied allegations of sexual assault which were aired on Facebook on Saturday A man has publicly identified himself as the comedian who accused prominent ABC personality Tom Ballard of indecent assault - which Ballard vehemently denies.

Joo Yung Roberts posted allegations online on Saturday about a hotel room encounter with Ballard four years ago.

In a statement, Ballard denied Mr Roberts's claims in the 'strongest terms possible', writing that he had a 'consensual sexual experience with someone'.

Mr Roberts unmasked himself in a Twitter post on Monday where he wrote: 'I am Tom Ballard's accuser.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: 'I am Tom Ballard's accuser': JooYung Roberts, pictured in a supplied photograph© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'I am Tom Ballard's accuser': JooYung Roberts, pictured in a supplied photograph   'I am Tom Ballard's accuser': Comedian identifies himself as the man behind indecent assault allegation against the ABC personality - which Ballard says is 'simply NOT what happened' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

'I understand that it can be difficult to know what to make of allegations when they come from an anonymous source... I am not afraid to be identified.'

Mr Roberts gave permission for his name to be printed and supplied a photo when approached for comment by Daily Mail Australia.

Ballard, who presents the ABC's Tonightly program, has vehemently denied the claim.

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Daily Mail Australia does not suggest the allegations are true, simply that they have been made.

In a blog post on his own website Ballard said 'I have not done anything wrong'.

'Over the past six months I have become aware of a claim being made about me,' Ballard wrote.

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'It involves an allegation of sexual assault: an allegation that I completely deny in the strongest terms possible.

'It fundamentally goes against who I am as a person and everything I believe in. Today (Saturday) that claim was aired publicly.'

'Four years ago I had a consensual sexual experience with someone.

'I had absolutely no idea he believed it wasn't consensual until six months ago.

'His version of that experience as described on social media is simply not what happened.'

Tom Ballard wearing a suit and tie: In a blog post on his website Ballard (pictured) said 'I have not done anything wrong'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a blog post on his website Ballard (pictured) said 'I have not done anything wrong'

Ballard said 'I abhor sexual assault and sexual violence' and added 'I absolutely support the philosophy of the #MeToo movement'.

Mr Roberts claimed the alleged incident occurred after a gig and recalled David Letterman's late night program was on the television at the time.

Mr Roberts was 20 at the time of his alleged incident, in June 2014.

He went to police with his claims but Ballard 'hadn't gone outside of the confines of the law'.

An ABC spokesman said it was 'aware' of the claim made against Ballard and that he had 'denied this claim in the strongest terms possible'.

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