Expat who allegedly hit singer quits job

Jazz singer Dawn Ho (left) was allegedly punched in the nose by Australian expatriate Aaron Jeremiejczyk (right) during a spat on Sentosa.

SINGAPORE - An Australian expatriate who allegedly punched jazz singer Dawn Ho in the face during an altercation on Sentosa on Sunday has quit his new job here shortly after being suspended by the firm.

Mr Aaron Jeremiejczyk, who started work as a director of marketing at Tadcaster Hospitality about three months ago, is being investigated over the alleged attack that occurred at a taxi stand.

Ms Ho, who wrote about the incident on social media, told The Straits Times that she took issue with Mr Jeremiejczyk after she saw him being "demeaning" and vulgar to a cabby, even banging the car hood in an "alcohol-induced rage" over the fare.

"As I walked past him, I said, 'Hey man, what you're doing is not cool and you have no right to talk to people like that'," she recalled. "I then walked off, and he diverted his rage towards me, calling me names, hurling abuse with vulgarities and following me continuously to my friend's car."

Ms Ho, 34, said she traded vulgarities with Mr Jeremiejczyk, who is believed to be 37, and the spat culminated in him reaching into her friend's car through an open window and allegedly punching her in the nose as she sat in the back seat.

"As soon as I felt the blood gushing out of my nose I said, 'Don't go anywhere, I'm calling the police'," said Ms Ho. "He just replied, 'Why did you punch yourself?', with a smirk on his face."

The police were alerted at about 9.20pm and Ms Ho was taken to Singapore General Hospital for X-rays. A police report was also made.

Her nose continued bleeding through the night but as no broken bones were found, the police told her they could not arrest Mr Jeremiejczyk, said Ms Ho, adding that fracture and tissue damage have not been ruled out.

She is determined to pursue the case if it goes to court. Mr Jeremiejczyk could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Tadcaster Hospitality, which owns The Exchange, an Australian-themed bar and eatery in Asia Square, suspended him early yesterday morning, after being made aware of a Facebook post by Ms Dawn Ho on the incident.

He tendered his resignation later that day, said managing director Tony Coughlan, noting that Mr Jeremiejczyk had been an employee for about three months and had no history of misbehaviour.

"While it was terrible, the alleged incident occurred on his own time and this has nothing to with the company," added Mr Coughlan.

"We must stress that Tadcaster Hospitality deplores and denounces violence of any nature, be it verbal or physical abuse being used in any situation."


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