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Video allegedly threatening ABC host

Michael Steven Davis, left, allegedly threatened former ABC presenter Stan Grant, right, and his family, including in an expletive-laden video.
Michael Steven Davis, left, allegedly threatened former ABC presenter Stan Grant, right, and his family, including in an expletive-laden video.

A man accused of making threats to former ABC presenter Stan Grant and his family, including in an expletive-laden video, will remain free on bail following a new twist in his case.

Michael Steven Davis did not appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday as he faces four charges, including using a carriage service to threaten serious harm to Mr Grant.

The alleged harassment, which includes three charges relating to Mr Davis’ Twitter account RefuseResistAIS, came after Mr Grant stepped down from hosting Q+A citing online abuse.

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Michael Steven Davis did not appear court as he faces four charges, including using a carriage service to threaten serious harm. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short
Mr Grant, a 59-year-old Wiradjuri man, used an ABC opinion piece published online to announce he was stepping down as Q+A host.
Mr Grant, a 59-year-old Wiradjuri man, used an ABC opinion piece published online to announce he was stepping down as Q+A host.

Court documents reveal Mr Davis used his Facebook account Fixxhalo82 to post a video in which he allegedly sent a “message for my man Stan Grant” threatening violence.

Mr Grant reported the online threats to police in Sydney just before midday on May 23.

Mr Davis, 41, describes himself on Facebook as a “right-wing Christian conservative”.

“I identify as a man from 1990 where your pronouns don’t exist,” his Facebook profile stated.

Appearing before the Sydney court on Tuesday, Mr Davis’ lawyer revealed police were seeking to have the matter adjourned until October.

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Michael Steven Daviswill remain free on bail before reappearing before court on October 3. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short

NSW Police Prosecutor Kristopher Anderson said Mr Davis’ charges would be taken up by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution.

Mr Davis will remain free on bail before reappearing before the same court on October 3, when he is excused from attending.

Mr Grant, a 59-year-old Wiradjuri man, used an ABC opinion piece published online to announce he was stepping down as Q+A host.

He said the decision came after “relentless racial filth”, blasting the ABC as an “institutional failure” for allegedly failing to support him.

Mr Grant hosted his final episode of the current affairs panel show in May, during which he said: “I am down right now, but I will get back up”.