Australian idol James Mathison’s Deliveroo disguised plot as he mysteriously appears in court

Australian Idol host James Mathison uses an EPIC disguise to show up in court unrecognized to face corporate crime charges after his business went bankrupt due to $120,000 in taxes

  • Former Australian Idol host James Mathison, 44, appeared in court in Sydney
  • Avoided waiting photographers by apparently disguising himself as a Deliveroo driver
  • He pleaded guilty to $120,000 in unpaid taxes after his business went bankrupt
  • Avoided a conviction, now works in a warehouse on Sydney’s northern beaches

Former Australian Idol host James Mathison may have slipped past the press waiting for him outside a courthouse by posing as a Deliveroo driver.

Speculation is rife in legal circles that the famous face may have been hiding behind a surgical mask, sunglasses and a bicycle helmet to defy photographers.

The final touch would have been a borrowed Deliveroo bag to complete the disguise which allowed him to waltz in front of the cameras without anyone suspecting a thing.

Mathison, 44, managed to appear inside Downing Center Local Court in Sydney’s CBD without being seen entering, despite a melee of snappers camped outside his only entrance.

Former Australian Idol host James Mathison may have snuck past the waiting press outside a Sydney courthouse recently – posing as a Deliveroo driver

Mathison is believed to have hidden behind a face mask, sunglasses and bicycle helmet to challenge a scrum of photographers outside the Downing Center in Sydney's CBD.

Mathison is believed to have hidden behind a face mask, sunglasses and bicycle helmet to challenge a scrum of photographers outside the Downing Center in Sydney’s CBD.

Mathison’s lawyer, Lauren MacDougall, declined to comment on Deliveroo’s disguise plot, according to the The telegraph of the day.

The former Ten star – who has also presented on Foxtel’s Channel V – pleaded guilty on March 15 to two counts relating to the liquidation of a business.

He escaped conviction for failing to forward documents to liquidators who were named in his business which collapsed due to $120,000 in unpaid taxes.

Mathison was also not seen leaving the court, raising suspicions that he may have worn the same disguise on his way out.

The father-of-two started as a video journalist at Channel V in 2001 before co-hosting Australian Idol with his good friend Andrew Gunsberg two years later, where they became national celebrities.

He then joined Ten Wake Up’s breakfast show in 2013 as a presenter before a shock in politics when he failed. ran as an independent against former prime minister Tony Abbott for the Warringah seat in the 2016 federal election.

Three years later, he was a big supporter of retired Winter Olympian Zali Steggall and helped her unseat Abbott and take her seat in Canberra.

The father-of-two has pleaded guilty to two corporate charges relating to the liquidation of a business he used to run (pictured, with former colleague Andrew Gunsberg)

The father-of-two has pleaded guilty to two corporate charges relating to the liquidation of a business he used to run (pictured, with former colleague Andrew Gunsberg)

In January, Mathison came under fire online for saying Ash Barty and Channel Nine were “glamorizing booze” following the tennis star’s Australian Open triumph.

Mathison tweeted that ‘the glamorization of alcohol in this country is normalized to the point that we can’t even celebrate success without booze on live TV’ after Barty encouraged commentating team Nine for a beer with her live.

It is understood Mathison, a married father of two, is now working locally in a warehouse in Sydney and has no desire to return to TV screens full time.

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