The man accused of hurling online abuse at Indigenous Journalist Stan Grant has had three charges dropped and has offered to apologise.
Michael Steven Davis was facing one charge of using a carriage service to threaten serious harm and three charges of using a carriage service to harass or offend.
Mr Davis’ lawyer says his client is wanting to meet with the journalist to apologise in person
Mr Grant, a Wiradjuri man, parted from the ABC after being subjected to online racist abuse following his appearance on the channel’s coverage of the King’s coronation and a lack of support from the corporation.
On his final appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program, Mr Grant pointed to a ‘poison’ in the media that was as a contributing factor to his departure.
“We in the media must ask if we are truly honouring a world worth living in. Too often we are the poison in the bloodstream of our society. I fear the media does not have the love or the language to speak to the gentle spirits of our land.”
The ABC’s managing director David Anderson has apologised to Mr Grant saying he regretted not defending him from a “relentless campaign” against the broadcaster’s coronation coverage.
The case will return to court on the 31st of October