Music

Kirin J Callinan Handed Good Behaviour Bond For ARIAs Flashing Incident

Sydney artist Kirin J Callinan has been placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to wilful and obscene exposure in a public place after he flashed his dick on the ARIAs red carpet last year.

Callinan appeared in Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney today, having been formally charged by NSW Police on December 8.

No conviction was recorded against Callinan, and his lawyer Christian Hearn reportedly told the court the incident was an “error of judgement.” Callinan is yet to publicly comment on the proceedings.

“He was wearing a kilt and there were some among the media group who were making light of the fact he was wearing a kilt and suggested he lift his kilt. It was momentary, it was up and down and at least one camera caught that,” Callinan’s lawyer told the court, according to the ABC. 

“Why did he do it? He did it as an error of judgement, he did it in a jovial mood, he didn’t do it to shock anyone.”

The singer-songwriter was widely criticised following the ARIAs stunt, in which he lifted his kilt to a group of waiting photographers.

Footage of the incident surfaced earlier this month by way of Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who leapt to Callinan’s defence after he was removed from the Laneway festival line-up.

In January, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival cut Callinan from its 2018 line-up. While the festival hasn’t made a public statement about why they ditched Kirin, Junkee understands that a number of Laneway acts put pressure on promoters to take Callinan off the line-up after the ARIAs incident.

In a statement on his Instagram earlier this year, the Callinan shared his disappointment about being removed from the bill. He did not address the incident on the red carpet.