Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Man shoves pie into Qantas' Alan Joyce's face in Perth

Man shoves pie into Qantas' Alan Joyce's face in Perth

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has had a pie smashed into his face while speaking on stage at a business event in Perth.

The Qantas chief has been speaking for only a few minutes when a man who appeared to be in his early seventies stunned the audience of 500 by slamming a pie into his face.

There were gasps among the crowd when the incident occurred shortly after 8am at the Leadership Matters breakfast hosted by The West Australian newspaper.

It is believed the pie was thrown by a man in his 60s wearing a business suit, who walked onto the stage to do so.

Mr Joyce will today announce plans for Qantas' new worldwide wing at Perth Airport for its non-stop service to London.

When he returned, he joked to the crowd: "Now, if there are any more pies, can you get it over with now?"

Mr Joyce, whose face, suit jacket, shirt and tie were covered in cream, also left the room to clean himself up.

While reports state the pie might have been lemon meringue, Joyce told reporters he didn't know what flavour the pie was. The West Australian business editor Ben Harvey told Gareth Parker's Mornings program it was "a very freakish situation".

Police confirmed they had been "called to a hotel on Adelaide Terrace, East Perth in relation to an assault incident".

The spokesperson said one person is in custody, and they are helping police with their inquiries.

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