American showman Frank Sinatra is in Australia for a concert tour -- and living up to a reputation of being "cranky" with the media.
Hotel Boulevard, Sydney-Pan to Sinatra apartment
Reporter Willison into hotel
Speaks with PR man told appointment is impossible
Up to apartment in lift bodyguard
Scuffles with Sinatra bodyguard
Willison seeks another appointment--turned away
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Background: American showman Frank Sinatra is in Australia for a concert tour -- and living up to a reputation of being "cranky" with the media.
Sinatra was hustled quickly under guard from Sydney Airport to his hotel -- and so far the press and TV teams have been given a hard time by his bodyguard.
One TV camera crew was bustled cut of the corridor outside the singer's suite in the hotel in no uncertain manner.
Security arrangements have become something of a talking point following the incident -- but Mr. Sinatra shows no signs of breaking down the barriers.
Reporter George Willison, of the O-TEN television network tried to seek permission for a interview with Sinatra. He was y told by the hotel's public relations officer, Mr. John Pond, that this was impossible.
Willison led his camera team to the 23rd floor of the hotel, where the Sinatra entourage is staying. Outside the lift they ran into a line of bodyguards who prevented any further movement. They shoved their hands over ??? lenses of cameras and hustled the TV crew away from Sinatra's suite.
Willison tried again to book officially for an interview--but was met with stony silence by the hotel authorities.
Sinatra has had several rehearsals with his 40-piece orchestra in Sydney -- but nobody has yet seen him in public. He will play to sellout houses in Sydney and Melbourne.