TV host Colleen Walsh posts online apology for assaulting passenger, but faults victim for causing the whole thing

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She did what the judge ordered, but in the end, Colleen Walsh still blamed the man she assaulted.

The Toronto-based TV host - who was charged in an air rage incident aboard a transatlantic flight headed to St. John's last spring - was found guilty last week of failing to comply with instructions of a crew member and assaulting another passenger, Stan Harrington.

Colleen Walsh

She did what the judge ordered, but in the end, Colleen Walsh still blamed the man she assaulted.

The Toronto-based TV host - who was charged in an air rage incident aboard a transatlantic flight headed to St. John's last spring - was found guilty last week of failing to comply with instructions of a crew member and assaulting another passenger, Stan Harrington.

As part of her sentencing, Walsh was ordered to post an apology to Harrington on an Internet blog, on which she had made insulting comments to him.

"If I am accused of this ridiculous charge, he will be known as the wimp who was beat up by a girl on an airplane," Walsh stated in a Jan. 1 post, which is still posted on the site.

"But I suspect Stan Harrington is such a weak man that he probably has been beaten up by girls."

During her three-day trial at provincial court in St. John's, Walsh said she had made the statements after months of suffering, and added she takes full responsibility for her actions.

However, in her apology - posted Monday morning on theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com site - Walsh was also quick to point the finger at Harrington.

While she said "sorry" for posting the insulting comments, she went on to say, "but you should look at the comments made about me on all the other websites ...."

"So Mr. Harrington, I apologize that your children or grandchildren might have had to read those comments, but you should try to understand what my family has had to endure with the comments made about me.

"Mr. Harrington, had you not made such a big deal about the situation, none of this would ever have occurred."

Her post was originally on the site Monday morning, but was taken down just hours later.

It was only reposted after The Telegram inquired to the webmaster about its disappearance.

Walsh was arrested at St. John's International Airport March 31 after an incident onboard an Air Canada flight, which left London en route to Toronto.

The Boeing 767 had to be diverted to St. John's when a female passenger became ill.

During the flight, Walsh reportedly became unruly.

Flight crew members said she looked intoxicated, was shouting and cursing and also struck Harrington, a passenger on the flight, in the head. It resulted in Walsh having to be escorted off the plane when it landed in St. John's.

During her trial, Walsh denied being disorderly and said she had merely touched Harrington gently, as a therapeutic touch, to try and "defuse" the situation.

Harrington testified the hit was forceful and caused his head to move to the left.

In sentencing, Judge Greg Brown fined Walsh $2,400. She was also ordered to pay a $60 victim surcharge and was placed on a year's probation.

When asked about Walsh's online apology, federal Crown prosecutor Mark Stares opted not to comment. Provincial Crown prosecutor Wendy Zedebiak is out of the office until next week.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Organizations: International Airport, Air Canada

Geographic location: St. John's, London, Toronto

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  • Mindy
    June 22, 2012 - 08:57

    Anyone know what ever happened to Colleen Walsh, where is she now, what's she doing? I have to say I truly feel sorry for that woman. Her entire life has changed, and if it were anyone else in society they'd have been given a break, but because she was a celebrity she never got a break. I'd love to know if she came out ok in the end. My god, the psycho killer out west who beheaded a man on a bus got more understanding and less of a sentence than she did. He went to a mental institution for a couple of years and is now getting day passes. Colleen Walsh's life will likely never be safe or carefree or comfortable again. I think she had problems which contributed to the situation and no one ever gave her the benefit of the doubt or listened to her, or dug dfeep enough into those problems. She deserves the same unerstanding and sensitivity that we give to every other person in society, but we give serial killers more sensitivity than we gave her. How truly sorry I feel for her. Just been thinking about her and this story the past couple of days and wondered where she went, what she's doing and if life turned out ok for her, hope so. Would be nice if someone out there did a followup story or if she came forward.

  • Barrelman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    That's an apology!!! The judge should have her arrested and brought back to St. John's for violating conditions of her sentence.

  • Angelica
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Does the victim surcharge ($80)go to the victim?

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Someone needs to wipe that smug, arrogant look off her face. This woman continues to try and pass the blame onto anybody else but herself. She is probably one of those people who thinks she's a celebrity because she's on TV, therefore has a feeling of entitlement. I would bet she has gone through her entire life with a attitude.

  • V
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I'm sorry followed by but is not a real apology. Nice try Ms. Walsh.

  • Earl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    She would have been much better off had she swallowed her pride and said, I'm sorry. I had too much to drink and acted inappropriately both on the plane and off it. I apologize to everyone I inconvenienced or offended that evening, and I will do my best to make sure it never happens again. br br She would have come off as twice the person she's making herself out to be now.

  • Proud Newfie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Walsh was ordered to post an apology to Harrington on an Internet blog . This was no apology. She clearly breached the terms of her sentence and should have to answer for that. This woman needs a severe attitude adjustment. Admit it Lady! You were drunk and obnoxious and as a result you made a complete @ss of yourself. Accept your punishment and learn a lesson from it.

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    to P T from NL...my guess is that your're one of those rude idiot mainlanders....by the way have a nice day @ss hole

  • CheerBear
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    It's almost amusing to see someone so completely deluded and in denial about her own responsibilty, believing that everything is always someone else's fault.

    Such a backhanded, passive-agressive 'apology'. She needs to act like a grown up and take responsibility for her own actions.

  • Ursula
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    What part ,if any, of this article is journalism ? This is pure tittle-tattle and far beneath the journalistic standards of The Telgram.If The Telegram needs readership or if this paper is doing a straw poll , this article does not merit front page cover .

  • Zip
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Doesn't sound like much of an apology.

  • Ralph
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    No, the victim surcharge unfortunately once agin goes to The NL. gov't, and victim services. pathetic uh Angelica.

  • Grace
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Ms.Walsh spends a great deal of time in her 'apology' detailing her respect for the 'wise' judge. Ms. Walsh the judge ordered you to apologize for striking a man (a nice word for assault) and then having the nerve and poor judgement to slander him in a public forum. What I read was not an apology and I hope the 'wise' judge reads it. In my opinion you should be back in court for violating a judges order. You identify that your career has been decimated. I am sorry to say it but YOU are the author of your own demise. Post a REAL apology and show Mr. Harrington that you have learned your lesson and show the 'wise' judge that you actually comprehended what he ordered you to do. This is like watching a train wreck!

  • G.AR
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Coleen Walsh should have asked the judge to clearly explain what constitutes an apology and whether an apology can contain a stipulation that tranfers blame to the person receiving the so-called 'apology'.
    As for Ms. Walsh's 'therapeutic touch', a term she uses to describe a smack upside the head, it's doubtful that Mr. Harrington is the first man to be on the receiving end of one of her touches. Had Mr. Harrington not been a gentleman, she could have found herself dumped on her inebriated, arrogant a$$.

  • citizen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    It's a good thing she didn't slap a guy in Sheaves Cove because she would of got a good trimmin'!!!!Another reason why we think a lot of mainlanders are idiots.

  • krista
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Ms. Walsh you really should be ashamed of yourself!! Abuse is abuse plain and simlpe. Not only did you physically assault someone by the sounds of it you verbally assaulted everyone else on the plane as well! Then to top it off you turn around and blame the victim! Shame on you!!! You are no better than any other abuser out there, you need help!!

  • Telling it like it is (c)
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    If the roles were reversed and it was Mr. Harrington who struck Ms. Walsh, we would be lining up to shake his hand.

  • PT
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    PEOPLE -------- for those of us who have never seen an inebriated person do things they are later sorry for--------please stand up----- if Ms. Walsh is the only person to get herself in this state ----- then why are our courtrooms and jails overflowing ?As you say darts --- people are people----- rude Newfoundlanders ------ what a novel idea.

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    another idiot with a good job....i applaud Mr. Harrington for not slapping you back which is what i would have done...you should grow up and get on with life ....and i suspect your kids have heard alot on negitive comments about you before ....if i was one of them i would be ashamed to call you mom...GROW UP AND REALIZE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE AND WE AS NEWFOUNDLANDERS CAN'T STAND RUDE PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE REST OF US....LIKE YOU

  • Barrelman
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    That's an apology!!! The judge should have her arrested and brought back to St. John's for violating conditions of her sentence.

  • Angelica
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Does the victim surcharge ($80)go to the victim?

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Someone needs to wipe that smug, arrogant look off her face. This woman continues to try and pass the blame onto anybody else but herself. She is probably one of those people who thinks she's a celebrity because she's on TV, therefore has a feeling of entitlement. I would bet she has gone through her entire life with a attitude.

  • V
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    I'm sorry followed by but is not a real apology. Nice try Ms. Walsh.

  • Earl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    She would have been much better off had she swallowed her pride and said, I'm sorry. I had too much to drink and acted inappropriately both on the plane and off it. I apologize to everyone I inconvenienced or offended that evening, and I will do my best to make sure it never happens again. br br She would have come off as twice the person she's making herself out to be now.

  • Proud Newfie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Walsh was ordered to post an apology to Harrington on an Internet blog . This was no apology. She clearly breached the terms of her sentence and should have to answer for that. This woman needs a severe attitude adjustment. Admit it Lady! You were drunk and obnoxious and as a result you made a complete @ss of yourself. Accept your punishment and learn a lesson from it.

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    to P T from NL...my guess is that your're one of those rude idiot mainlanders....by the way have a nice day @ss hole

  • CheerBear
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    It's almost amusing to see someone so completely deluded and in denial about her own responsibilty, believing that everything is always someone else's fault.

    Such a backhanded, passive-agressive 'apology'. She needs to act like a grown up and take responsibility for her own actions.

  • Ursula
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    What part ,if any, of this article is journalism ? This is pure tittle-tattle and far beneath the journalistic standards of The Telgram.If The Telegram needs readership or if this paper is doing a straw poll , this article does not merit front page cover .

  • Ralph
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    No, the victim surcharge unfortunately once agin goes to The NL. gov't, and victim services. pathetic uh Angelica.

  • Zip
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Doesn't sound like much of an apology.

  • Grace
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Ms.Walsh spends a great deal of time in her 'apology' detailing her respect for the 'wise' judge. Ms. Walsh the judge ordered you to apologize for striking a man (a nice word for assault) and then having the nerve and poor judgement to slander him in a public forum. What I read was not an apology and I hope the 'wise' judge reads it. In my opinion you should be back in court for violating a judges order. You identify that your career has been decimated. I am sorry to say it but YOU are the author of your own demise. Post a REAL apology and show Mr. Harrington that you have learned your lesson and show the 'wise' judge that you actually comprehended what he ordered you to do. This is like watching a train wreck!

  • G.AR
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Coleen Walsh should have asked the judge to clearly explain what constitutes an apology and whether an apology can contain a stipulation that tranfers blame to the person receiving the so-called 'apology'.
    As for Ms. Walsh's 'therapeutic touch', a term she uses to describe a smack upside the head, it's doubtful that Mr. Harrington is the first man to be on the receiving end of one of her touches. Had Mr. Harrington not been a gentleman, she could have found herself dumped on her inebriated, arrogant a$$.

  • citizen
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    It's a good thing she didn't slap a guy in Sheaves Cove because she would of got a good trimmin'!!!!Another reason why we think a lot of mainlanders are idiots.

  • krista
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Ms. Walsh you really should be ashamed of yourself!! Abuse is abuse plain and simlpe. Not only did you physically assault someone by the sounds of it you verbally assaulted everyone else on the plane as well! Then to top it off you turn around and blame the victim! Shame on you!!! You are no better than any other abuser out there, you need help!!

  • Telling it like it is (c)
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    If the roles were reversed and it was Mr. Harrington who struck Ms. Walsh, we would be lining up to shake his hand.

  • PT
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    PEOPLE -------- for those of us who have never seen an inebriated person do things they are later sorry for--------please stand up----- if Ms. Walsh is the only person to get herself in this state ----- then why are our courtrooms and jails overflowing ?As you say darts --- people are people----- rude Newfoundlanders ------ what a novel idea.

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    another idiot with a good job....i applaud Mr. Harrington for not slapping you back which is what i would have done...you should grow up and get on with life ....and i suspect your kids have heard alot on negitive comments about you before ....if i was one of them i would be ashamed to call you mom...GROW UP AND REALIZE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE AND WE AS NEWFOUNDLANDERS CAN'T STAND RUDE PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE REST OF US....LIKE YOU