Australian Olympic swimming coach Dean Boxall is facing legal battles on at least two fronts with at least one expensive court stoush ahead when he returns from Tokyo.
Midnight Oil frontman and former federal minister Peter Garrett has launched legal action against Boxall alleging copyright infringement. So too has Kath and Kim star Jane Turner.
In documents lodged with the NSW Supreme Court registry, Garrett (main picture) alleged Boxall infringed the rock star’s copyright with his highly animated post-race celebratory “dance” following Ariarne Titmus’s win over US swim star Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle final on Monday.
“It was clear that Mr Boxall deliberately mimicked Mr Garrett’s signature dancing style,” the statement of claim lodged by Garrett stated.
Garett’s statement of claim seeks unspecified damages and a court order for Boxall to refrain from performing his “dance” in the future “if and when any of his swimmers secure an Olympic or other significant swimming medal, gold or otherwise”.
Lawyers for Turner also lodged a statement of claim alleging Boxall had been deliberately imitating her well-known TV series character Kathleen Day-Knight’s “awkward, jerky, and uncoordinated” dancing style. (pictured)
It is understood NSW Premier Gladys Berjiklian is considering her own legal action against Boxall.
“The Premier was dismayed when she viewed Monday’s TV news and saw Boxall’s performance in the stands at the Tokyo Olympic pool,” a spokesperson for the Premier said.
“It was clear to her and others viewing the telecast that Boxall was mimicking her policy positions on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“She was determined then and there to sue him for defamation, but her key advisers are still trying to talk her out of it.”
Boxall expressed shock at the legal manoeuvres when contacted in Tokyo last night and vowed to fight the claims.