Tomic's entourage caught up in alleged drink spike nightmare
TENNIS brat Bernard Tomic has been caught up as a potential witness in a police investigation into an alleged drink-spiking incident at a Gold Coast nightclub.
Police launched the probe after 21-year-old Coast woman Paige McCarthy was rushed to hospital after partying with Tomic and friends at Surfers Paradise club The Bedroom on Sunday night.
Detectives are investigating claims that someone within Tomic's entourage on the night - not the troubled tennis star himself - may have been involved in the alleged incident.
Ms McCarthy, a former bartender at The Bedroom, was found passed out in a bathroom by a friend and club staff called an ambulance.
"She was virtually paralysed and spent the night in hospital," her mother Lee said.
"She was very sick. She is really shaken but OK. The police are taking it very seriously."
Sources confirmed Tomic was at The Bedroom on Sunday night and Ms McCarthy was part of a group in a private booth in the venue.
The nightclub confirmed it was co-operating with police and had handed over CCTV footage.
"We're aware of the alleged incident and are very concerned by the seriousness of it," spokesman Matt Keegan said.
"Since Sunday, staff have thoroughly reviewed the CCTV footage which tracks the patron (Ms McCarthy) throughout the night.
"Our review of her movements revealed no indication of drink-spiking by any third party in the venue.
"At this stage, unfortunately, we're unable to comment much further, as it's the subject of an ongoing investigation.
"However, we respect the police to conduct their investigation and trust that they'll reach a conclusion shortly.
"To assist with this, we have supplied them with the footage of the night and will continue to support their inquiries in any way we can."
Police confirmed an alleged drink-spiking incident at Surfers Paradise on Sunday was under investigation.
"The Queensland Police Service does not identify individuals and will not be releasing any further information as the matter is ongoing," a spokesman said.
The McCarthy family have shared details of the alleged incident on Facebook in a post that has been widely shared.
Among those who commented on the post was Tomic's ex-girlfriend's sister, Laura Blake-Hahnel, who said she was "mortified".
Tomic has been partying at home on the Gold Coast since his farcical early exit from reality TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after only three days in the South African jungle.
He entered the show after a spectacular slide down the world tennis rankings that saw him fail to qualify for this year's Australian Open.
"Half the time during the day, I'm just depressed," he told fellow contestant Jackie Gillies before his exit.
"I've never really had time to think about my thoughts. I've always had people around, my mobile phone ... everything was so fast-paced. Everything's slowed down in the last few days. I don't want to spend half my time depressed here ... thinking about how I played last year and where I should be. I wasted this whole last year of not playing a lot of tennis and being professional. I need to be competing and playing in what I do best, that's why I've decided to leave."
The nightclub incident is the latest controversy to embroil the former world No. 19.
After failing to qualify for the Australian Open in January, he told journalists: "I just count money, that's all I do. I count my millions. You go do what I did (on court). Bye bye."
Last month, Tomic slammed Aussie tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt for suggesting his days playing Davis Cup were over.
In 2015, he was arrested in Miami during a drunken party at his $10,000-a-night penthouse apartment.
Two years earlier, the fast car-loving Tomic lost his driver's licence after being busted speeding in a yellow Ferrari belonging to close mate, controversial Surfers Paradise nightclub king Jamie Pickering, who formerly owned The Bedroom.
The previous year, Tomic, then a P-plater was fined three times in one day for traffic infringements in his bright orange BMW.
In 2016, soon after boasting he had once driven at 325kmh, he was photographed giving the finger from behind the wheel of his new $428,000 yellow Lamborghini.