Tony Overheu, a Christian activist, shoved a lemon meringue pie into the face of Qantas CEO Alan Joyce on May 9 in Perth, Australia (video below).
Joyce was speaking at a business breakfast at a Hyatt Regency hotel when he got hit with the dessert, notes the Australian Associated Press.
Overheu was arrested and charged with giving false details to the cops, but not for the actual pie incident.
"There’s some really crude stuff going on here, and Joyce has been very much leading the issue," Overheu told 7 News.
News Corp reported that Overheu is a former political candidate, a senior member of the Church of Christ, and a member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International.
Joyce, who is gay, told journalists that the airline would not retreat from its support of LGBTI issues:
Qantas has always spoken up on gender issues, on LGBTI issues, on Indigenous issues ... And no attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work. ... The police are continuing their investigation and my intention is to send a message that this type of behavior isn't acceptable and that I will have every intention of pressing charges.
Overheu emailed Joyce an apology for the stunt.
Overheu revealed on May 10 that he hid between a curtain and screen near the podium for two hours until Joyce walked up to speak, and then hit him with the pie in front of about 500 shocked audience members, the Australian AP reports.
Overheu said his wife was outraged by his actions, which contradicted Christianity. One of his daughters posted a supportive same-sex message on social media, and added: "I love my idiot dad."
Overheu announced on a local radio station that companies such as Qantas, Airbnb, Wesfarmers and Holden were supporting same-sex marriage, and subverting democracy with their advocacy:
It would appear Alan Joyce is part of a network trying to subvert the federal parliamentary process around the issue of marriage equality. Figures overstepping the line have got to anticipate there will be push back. I feel very deeply about this theme of corporate bullying ... middle Australia completely rejects corporate bullying aimed at social engineering.
The Australian Labor Party supports same-sex marriage, but turned down a public vote on the issue because the party believed that it would be traumatizing for young LGBT people and too expensive, noted CNN in October 2016.
Instead, the Labor Party called for the country's Parliament to legalize gay marriage immediately, but that did not happen because the conservative Australian government wants a national vote on marriage equality.