Retired Australian swimmer Grant Hackett met voluntarily with Victoria police earlier this month to answer questions about an alleged incident at the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex. The world-class athlete and three-time Olympic gold medalist was photographed last February walking through the foyer of the Melbourne resort wearing nothing but underwear and a singlet around his waist. Hackett explained that he had rushed out in a blind panic to search for his son, who had suddenly gone missing.
At the time of the incident, Hackett was staying in a friend’s private apartment at the Crown because he no longer holds a permanent residence in Melbourne. He was in town for a regularly scheduled visit with his children in the wake of a very public and very bitter divorce with his estranged wife, Candice.
Four years old at the time, Hackett’s son, Jagger, had apparently vacated the apartment in the early hours of the morning, determined to go exploring. Although Crown refused to provide details about the missing child, the Harold Sun reports that Jagger was ultimately found on the hotel’s 20th floor.
When he discovered that his son was gone, Hackett paid little attention to what he was wearing. “I was focused solely on finding Jagger and nothing else,’’ he reported. “When I discovered him missing, I went in hasty pursuit, but perhaps with a swimmer’s sense of dress.’’
Hackett went on to address the numerous photographs that captured him half-dressed in the Crown foyer. “Obviously I am embarrassed, but tremendously grateful to Crown for their professionalism and poise.” A few days after the incident, Hackett admitted himself into a rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles, California.
Speaking on behalf of the Victoria police department, Sergeant Sharon Darcy told the press that Hackett has been released “pending further inquiries.” Police are continuing to investigate the incident.