[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 21 September 2007, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Singer Hayes given police caution
Darren Hayes
Darren Hayes has just released his third solo album
Pop star Darren Hayes has been given a caution by police following his arrest on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff at a Thai restaurant.

The former Savage Garden frontman has admitted a row did take place but denied any racial element.

Scotland Yard confirmed a 35-year-old man had been cautioned under section five of the Public Order Act, which deals with disorderly behaviour.

Hayes said "any notion of racism had been ruled out" by the police.

'Abhorrent'

"I could never think, let alone utter a racist remark," he said.

"As a gay man, I find the notion of discriminating against a human being because of race, gender or sexuality to be abhorrent. It goes against everything I have stood for."

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police declined to say whether it was still considered a racially-motivated incident.

Hayes formed Savage Garden with producer Daniel Jones in 1994.

They enjoyed nine UK top 20 hits between 1997 and 2000, including Truly, Madly, Deeply, To The Moon And Back and I Knew I Loved You.

The Brisbane-born singer released his third solo CD, a double album called This Delicate Thing We've Made, in August.


SEE ALSO
Pop singer Hayes in race arrest
22 Aug 07 |  Entertainment
Ex-Savage Garden singer 'marries'
20 Jul 06 |  Entertainment

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific