Seven journalist Robert Ovadia investigated over allegations of inappropriate conduct

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The station’s management is investigating the experienced “Seven” reporter Robert Ovadia on suspicion of “inappropriate behavior” toward a woman.

A spokeswoman for the broadcaster said on Friday that Mr Ovadia – who has worked for Seven for more than 20 years – was “on leave”.

“Seven is conducting an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Robert Ovadia,” the spokeswoman confirmed.

The two-time Walkley winner is a veteran on-air star at the station and currently works as an investigative reporter and stand-in presenter in the Sydney newsroom.

Seven’s spokeswoman did not elaborate on the details of the alleged inappropriate conduct towards Mr Ovadia.

In his own statement, Mr Ovadia said he would defend the “malicious” allegations.

“Seven has informed me that no current or former colleague has filed a complaint against me,” he said in a statement to ABC.

“As far as I know, I was not released from my duties by the company.

“Any suggestion that I have ever behaved inappropriately is false, malicious and will be defended.”

On his Instagram profile, Mr Ovadia posted supportive messages from several colleagues following the announcement of the investigation.

A message accompanying his latest story thanks him for his “professional guidance, warmth and kindness.”

Another praises him as “one of my greatest supporters throughout my entire journalistic career.”

“His respectful, honest and friendly manner made him not only a reliable mentor, but also a good friend who I could ask for advice at any time,” the message continues.

“He was a true gentleman to me and the many young women he worked with and always showed the utmost respect and professionalism.”

It has been a busy few weeks for the broadcaster following the revelations in the Federal Court surrounding Seven’s exclusive interview with Bruce Lehrmann.

The network paid Mr. Lehrmann’s rent and financed expensive dinners, $10,000 worth of Thai massages and a daily allowance that was allegedly spent on drugs and prostitutes.

Anthony De Ceglie was named news and current affairs director and editor-in-chief of the network following the departure of Craig McPherson.

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