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Grimshaw: ‘How could he do it?’


A CURRENT Affair host Tracy Grimshaw has finally lifted the lid on how Channel Nine staffers responded to news their reporter colleague Ben McCormack was a “proud paedo”.

Grimshaw opened tonight’s show by addressing the elephant in the room after McCormack — a former ACA reporter — was sentenced to a three-year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay a $1000 fine. It came after he pleaded guilty to two child porn charges.

“Now it’s over you are entitled to a statement from us,” Grimshaw said.

Grimshaw told viewers that reactions from staff in the ACA office, some of whom were “close friends” or colleagues who “worked for years” with McCormack, had “ranged from utter disbelief on the day he was charged to utter sadness, shock, and revulsion as the nature of the offences emerged”.

Fellow ACA reporter Steve Marshall described McCormack as “one troubled soul”.

“For me personally, I wished it was some terrible mistake,” Grimshaw said.

“That maybe he’d bee…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/acas-tracy-grimshaw-responds-to-ben-mccormacks-sentencing/news-story/59466b4ce6780b70411c24272559d286

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