Sad tale of tech guru and scion of influential family who died suddenly at 39 - ... trends now
One of a handful of men who accused Alan Jones of inappropriate behaviour has been revealed as a tech guru who is a scion of one of Australia's most influential families.
Alexander Hartman, the son of retired Sydney North Shore obstetrician, died suddenly, aged 39, in Switzerland in 2019, where Hartman was living with his wife and two children.
The Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday reported bombshell claims - strenuously denied by Jones, one of Australia's most famous broadcasters - relating to young men who had worked with the 2GB radio presenter, which included Hartman.
Jones 'vehemently' denied the allegations and signalled in a statement on Thursday afternoon that he intends to launch defamation action against Nine's newspapers.
'In the short time available since publication we have obtained substantial factual information which contradicts and refutes the alleged pattern of conduct by Mr Jones,' said a spokesperson for Jones's lawyers, Mark O'Brien Legal.
The report also cast a light on the sad fate of the Australian entrepreneur Mr Hartman - founder of media distribution companies NewZulu and Matilda Media - who died young.
Mr Hartman belonged to an influential family.
Alexander Hartman (above with Roxy Jacenko's sister Ruby Davis) died in his sleep in 2019. He was 39 and a father-of-two
Hartman (above, with Ice T) was a corporate high flyer in the tech industry who allegedly made claims about Alan Jones before his death
He was the son of the famous Dr Keith