Adelaide comedian reveals identity following Tom Ballard sexual misconduct claim
Adelaide Comedian JooYung Roberts has revealed himself as the man who accused former triple j presenter and ABC’s Tonightly host Tom Ballard of sexual misconduct last week.
Ballard posted a statement on his website on Saturday June 9, explaining that he had been made aware of a claim of “sexual assault” made against him.
“I completely deny in the strongest terms possible,” he said. “It fundamentally goes against who I am as a person and everything I believe in.”
Ballard also explained that he was not aware that Roberts did not consider the experience consensual until recently.
Taking to Twitter yesterday Roberts wrote, “I am Tom Ballard’s accuser. I understand it can be difficult to know what to make of allegations when they come from an anonymous source, so here is a link to the Facebook post I made last Saturday.
“Please RT. I am not afraid to be identified. #MeToo”
I am Tom Ballard's accuser. I understand that it can be difficult to know what to make of allegations when they come from an anonymous source so here is a link to the Facebook post I made last Saturday: https://t.co/Hi3FqBptyF
Please RT. I am not afraid to be identified. #MeToo
— JooYung Roberts (@jooyungroberts) June 11, 2018
In that Facebook post, Roberts detailed that four years to the day he had the experience with Ballard in a hotel room, and explained that he had gone to the police but they weren’t able to take action.
He also spoke out against defamation law in Australia which he believes makes it difficult for victims of sexual misconduct to seek justice.
Roberts today told ABC News that the success of the #MeToo movement had given him the courage to make the allegations public through the media.