Hollywood heartthrob Jacob Elordi’s mum has lashed out at media after her son’s alleged altercation with a KIIS FM staffer at a popular Sydney pub.
The Saltburn star, 26, was accused of assaulting radio producer Joshua Fox, 32, outside the Clovelly Hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs at 3.30pm on Saturday.
Fox approached Elordi to film a stunt for the Kyle & Jackie O show and claims the actor became enraged and grabbed his throat after he ignored the Euphoria star’s request to delete the footage.
Elordi is yet to share his version of events.
Daily Mail Australia contacted the actor’s parents, Melissa and John, who live in Brisbane’s leafy northern suburbs, to see if they could shed light on his side of the story.
However, before the reporter could ask a question, Mrs Elordi burst into an angry tirade.
Brisbane-born Hollywood actor Jacob Elordi is pictured with his mother, Melissa Elordi
The Saltburn star was allegedly involved in an altercation with a radio producer over the weekend
‘What do you think you are going to achieve by coming here? So you can spread more… (trailed off).
‘How disrespectful and rude of you to come here,’ she said, slamming the door in the reporter’s face.
Fox was sent to the Clovelly Hotel by KIIS FM to film a video of Elordi, who was there with two men and a woman.
He said he waited for The Kissing Booth actor to leave the venue before approaching him.
Fox playfully asked the actor for a sample of his bathwater as a gift for radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
The request is a reference to an infamous scene in Elordi’s runaway hit film, in which another character drinks Elordi’s character’s bathwater.
Fox claims Elordi realised he was filming and demanded he delete the footage.
He said he initially obliged and deleted the file, but when Elordi then asked him to delete it from his recently deleted files folder, Fox refused.
KISS FM staffer Joshua Fox (pictured) approached the actor to film a skit for the Kyle & Jackie-O show
Melissa and John Elordi are pictured at the American Australian Association Arts Awards in January 2020
‘I’m thinking if I delete this footage, there’s no evidence that this encounter happened,’ Fox said.
He then alleged Elordi, who stands at 1.96m, ‘got up in his face’ and ‘backed him against a wall’ and ‘grabbed his throat’, as his two male friends surrounded him on either side, preventing Fox from stepping away.
Fox broke his silence over the shock confrontation on the Kyle & Jackie O show on Monday morning, with NSW Police since confirming that an investigation has been launched after a 32-year-old was allegedly assaulted by a 26-year-old.
The incident has drawn mixed reactions online – with some fans rushing to Elordi’s defence and allegedly sending Fox death threats while others have announced the accusations have turned them off the actor.
One person posted on Reddit: ‘The quickest I’ve sided with a celebrity.’
‘I can picture how bad the questions would be when Josh works for Kyle [Sandilands] and Jackie [Henderson],’ someone else wrote.
Elordi is pictured at the Clovelly Hotel with a male friend on Saturday before the alleged incident
Fox broke his silence on his shock confrontation with Elordi on The Kyle and Jackie O show on Monday morning, and alleged the Euphoria star grabbed him by the throat and pushed him against a wall
Another said: ‘So we calling paparazzi reporters now? Dude didn’t have any injuries and was provoking him lmfao.’
Others defended Fox over the alleged altercation, with one person writing on Twitter: ‘This incident is deeply troubling and raises serious concerns.’
‘Just when I start to like Jacob Elordi, he goes and does this,’ a second added.
Elordi is currently Down Under filming his role as Australian Imperial Force soldier Dorrigo Evans in Amazon Prime Video’s five-part adaptation of Richard Flanagan’s 2013 novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
He will next reprise his role as ‘psychopathic’ East Highland High School quarterback Nate Jacobs in the third season of Euphoria (featuring a five-year time jump), which began filming in December.
The incident comes after Elordi raised eyebrows in December when he made disparaging remarks about The Kissing Booth movie franchise, which he starred in between 2018 and 2021, in his GQ Men of the Year cover story.
Elordi, who recently starred in the blockbuster film Saltburn, was at the hotel and socialising for several hours before the alleged incident unfolded
Elordi is currently Down Under filming his role as Australian Imperial Force soldier Dorrigo Evans in Amazon Prime Video’s five-part adaptation of Richard Flanagan’s 2013 novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North
‘I didn’t want to make those movies before I made those movies,’ he told the publication, adding: ‘Those movies are ridiculous. They’re not universal. They’re an escape.’
Fans of The Kissing Booth quickly slammed Elordi online, calling him ‘ungrateful’ and ‘disrespectful’ to his former colleagues.
‘Jacob Elordi needs to understand that when you crap on a project like he has, he’s also crapping on his co-stars, the creators, and especially the fans,’ one user wrote.
‘Those movies are important to a lot of fans. Don’t dismiss them because you suddenly moved up a peg,’ they added.
Another agreed: ‘I dislike actors who belittle their humble beginnings, where their careers began.’
The Kissing Booth was Elordi’s second feature film role and – thanks to record breaking binging by fans – he soon became a household name.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Elordi and Clovelly Hotel for comment earlier this week but has not yet received a response.