Andrew O’Keefe wants to retrain to become a lawyer, after allegedly failing drug test
Andrew O’Keefe Reveals His VERY Surprising New Career Plan — Even If He’s Arrested And Reportedly Tests Positive For METH And Cocaine
- O’Keefe was in court on Thursday after he reportedly tested positive for drugs
- His lawyer argued that he was abstinent and trying to get his life “back on track.”
- He said O’Keefe wanted to retrain as a lawyer, just like he did in his youth
- He worked as an intellectual property attorney before transitioning to a TV career
Andrew O’Keefe hopes to become a lawyer again as he tries to get his life “back on track” despite reportedly failing a drug test.
The former Deal or No Deal host appeared before Waverley Local Court, in eastern Sydney, on Thursday afternoon after he was arrested and charged with breaching his bail conditions while awaiting trial on charges of asphyxia and assault on a woman.
The fallen TV star reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine after police reportedly found a man carrying drugs leaving O’Keefe’s Vaucluse home.
At the hearing, O’Keefe’s lawyer spoke of his client’s desire to reintegrate into society and retrain as a lawyer – as his accreditation has expired.
Andrew O’Keefe hopes to study to become a lawyer as he tries to get his life ‘back on track’ despite reportedly failing a drug test
His attorney, Sebastian De Brennan, argued that O’Keefe has been abstaining since leaving a rehabilitation center three weeks ago, where he received a favorable report — his 10th stint at a facility of its kind.
“He has been trying to get back on track, his partner has made him rekindle the relationship with his children,” Mr De Brennan told the court.
Mr De Brennan said O’Keefe wants to become a lawyer and hopes to retrain in the profession having previously been accredited years ago.
“He is a man who is determined not only to rehabilitate, but also to reintegrate,” Mr De Brennan said.
The 51-year-old followed in the legal footsteps of his father, former Supreme Court Justice Barry O’Keefe, in his early years before transitioning to a career in television.
He was a qualified intellectual property lawyer and had previously said that he loved how “stimulating” the legal profession was.
The former Deal or No Deal presenter faced the local court of Waverley, in eastern Sydney, on Thursday afternoon, where his lawyer spoke about his desire to reintegrate into society
“I’ve really enjoyed the camaraderie of smart, motivated, and generally ethical people, all working toward a goal,” he told Lawyers Weekly in 2012.
‘Television managers don’t always have the artist’s best interests at heart. I found the law to be a much more nurturing environment.”
During O’Keefe’s trial, his attorney had argued that there was a lack of information about the police procedure involved in the oral swab test used to check O’Keefe for drugs.
Mr De Brennan said there was a chance the swab was contaminated.
Outside of court, O’Keefe added, “We found that out in court today. There was a high chance of contempt, er, contagion (for the monster).’
The court had previously learned that police were watching O’Keefe’s house when they saw another man leave the house.
O’Keefe had worked as an intellectual property attorney before transitioning to a career in TV
The man was quickly searched by police who reportedly found drugs on him.
The court heard that the police then gave O’Keefe a mouth swab, which produced a positive result.
O’Keefe was released on bail and will appear in court on December 14.
During his bail he must behave well, remain at his address in Vaucluse and attend weekly appointments with his psychiatrist and psychologist.
The ex-TV star is also not allowed to leave NSW, comes near an airport and is only allowed to take medication prescribed by his doctor.
The judge also ordered him to stay away from alcohol and drugs and not to enter places where alcohol is sold.
He will also be subject to weekly drug testing.
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Andrew O’Keefe was granted bail on Thursday after allegedly failing a drug test (O’Keefe is pictured with his ex-wife Eleanor in 2005)