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Bec Judd steps out to host a glamorous luncheon amid fears over Brighton crime wave

Jun 1, 2022

Bec Judd stepped out in Melbourne's bustling St Kilda on Tuesday - just days after the AFL WAG expressed fears over violent crime rates in her nearby suburb of Brighton.

The 37-year-old hosted a glamorous luncheon at expensive restaurant Stokehouse to celebrate her new fashion collaboration with luxury label, Ena Pelly. 

Joined by Melbourne's hottest influencers and models, the mother-of-four was all smiles as she greeted guests and sipped on Champagne. 

What controversy? Bec Judd, 37, (pictured) shrugged off the headlines surrounding her claims about Brighton's violent crime rates by hosting a glamorous fashion event in Melbourne on Tuesday

What controversy? Bec Judd, 37, (pictured) shrugged off the headlines surrounding her claims about Brighton's violent crime rates by hosting a glamorous fashion event in Melbourne on Tuesday 

Proving once again she's her own best advertisement, Judd wore $1300 worth of items from her new collection - including a green checked duster coat and leather flared trousers. 

She completed her look with a black sports crop, presumably from her own activewear label Jaggad, a Bottega Veneta handbag worth $5,200 and her huge diamond engagement ring from her AFL star husband Chris. 

The event included a lavish luncheon and a formal presentation delivered by Bec herself. 

Too chic to care? Judd looked anything but perturbed about her clash with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews  as she attended the launch of her new fashion range with luxury label Ena Pelly

Too chic to care? Judd looked anything but perturbed about her clash with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews  as she attended the launch of her new fashion range with luxury label Ena Pelly 

Glamorous: The fashion launch was held at Melbourne's ritzy Stokehouse restaurant. Guests included former WAG Nadia Bartel, supermodel Megan Gale, and Bec's activewear business partner Michelle Greene

Glamorous: The fashion launch was held at Melbourne's ritzy Stokehouse restaurant. Guests included former WAG Nadia Bartel, supermodel Megan Gale, and Bec's activewear business partner Michelle Greene 

Her own best advertisement: Proving once again she's her own best advertisement, Judd wore $1300 worth of items from her new collection - including a green checked duster coat and leather flared trousers

Her own best advertisement: Proving once again she's her own best advertisement, Judd wore $1300 worth of items from her new collection - including a green checked duster coat and leather flared trousers 

Guests included former WAG Nadia Bartel, supermodel Megan Gale, and Bec's activewear business partner Michelle Greene.   

The soiree came just days after Judd slammed the Victorian government for not doing enough to combat crime in Brighton - the upmarket suburb where she lives in a $7.3million mansion. 

The brunette claimed the state government didn't 'seem to care' or be doing anything about the 'rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside'.

Making them green with envy! She completed her look with a black sports crop, presumably from her own activewear label Jaggad, and Bottega Veneta handbag worth $5,200.

Making them green with envy! She completed her look with a black sports crop, presumably from her own activewear label Jaggad, and Bottega Veneta handbag worth $5,200.

Responding to Judd on Sunday, Premier Dan Andrews said: 'I'm not interested in having an argument with Ms Judd'. 

'I'm also obliged to point out though, I think there are more than 70 additional police in the Bayside area, and the most recent crime statistics released by an independent agency would not support those sweeping assessments about patterns of crime.'

Mr Andrews said an additional 500 police officers and 50 public service officers were deployed as part of May's state budget. 

Judd clashed with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) last week after she accused his government of not doing enough to combat crime in her posh Melbourne suburb of Brighton

Judd clashed with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) last week after she accused his government of not doing enough to combat crime in her posh Melbourne suburb of Brighton   

Mr Andrews rubbished the mother-of-four's claims, insisting recent crime statistics in her affluent suburb of Brighton don't support her fears

Mr Andrews rubbished the mother-of-four's claims, insisting recent crime statistics in her affluent suburb of Brighton don't support her fears

'I say this respectfully to Bec Judd, or anybody – I don't want anybody to feel unsafe,' he said.

'I'm sorry she feels that way. The data would tell a different story, but it is about personal feelings and your sense of safety.

'I hope that knowing those things, or perhaps learning those things, puts her mind at ease.'

Upset: Last Thursday, Judd slammed Andrews' government for not doing enough to combat 'rapes, bashings and home invasions' in her posh suburb

Upset: Last Thursday, Judd slammed Andrews' government for not doing enough to combat 'rapes, bashings and home invasions' in her posh suburb

Judd lives in the sprawling mansion in Brighton in the city's southeast with her husband, retired AFL star Chris Judd, and their four children. 

Her home boasts a gym, a tennis court that can be turned into 'a footy oval or cricket pitch', and a magnesium salt pool.

There is also a spacious wet bar complete with a snooker table and a bar.

The good life: Judd lives in a $7.3million mansion in Brighton in the city's southeast with her husband, retired AFL star Chris Judd (right), and their four children

The good life: Judd lives in a $7.3million mansion in Brighton in the city's southeast with her husband, retired AFL star Chris Judd (right), and their four children 

Judd wrote in her Instagram post: 'So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside.

'I personally know two women who have experienced home invasions in Brighton in the last few weeks while they were at home.' 

She reposted CCTV footage of a group of young men lurking outside properties in her affluent suburb and claimed it made her feel 'unsafe'.

'So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside,' Bec wrote to Instagram

'So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside,' Bec wrote to Instagram

The teenagers, who were allegedly armed with knives, were filmed lurking outside several properties in the Bayside area before crashing a stolen BMW into a tree.

Liberal Brighton MP James Newbury slammed Mr Andrew's response and labelled it a form of 'victim blaming'.

'How dare Daniel Andrews attack a woman because she feels unsafe...' he told The Herald Sun.

Liberal Brighton MP James Newbury (pictured) slammed Mr Andrew's response and labelled it a form of 'victim blaming'

Liberal Brighton MP James Newbury (pictured) slammed Mr Andrew's response and labelled it a form of 'victim blaming' 

'His behaviour sounds a lot like victim blaming. There have been three home invasions in Brighton this week, a police shooting, and many more home invasions in local streets over recent months.'

Victoria Police launched Operation Ibis last week and have already arrested and charged 14 people.

Mr Newbury claimed residents were so scared they were hiring private security to protect them. 

On Tuesday, Melbourne radio host Meshel Laurie (pictured) took aim at Judd in a string of snarky Instagram posts responding to the influencer's claims about feeling 'unsafe' in her $7.3million mansion

On Tuesday, Melbourne radio host Meshel Laurie (pictured) took aim at Judd in a string of snarky Instagram posts responding to the influencer's claims about feeling 'unsafe' in her $7.3million mansion

On Tuesday, Melbourne radio host Meshel Laurie took aim at Judd in a string of snarky Instagram posts, responding to the influencer's claims about feeling 'unsafe' in her $7.3million mansion.

'When are we going to tell Bec that more police around her compound would mean higher taxes?' she asked in one of the posts. 

'They never understand tax pays for that stuff,' the podcaster added with a series of laughing-crying emojis. 

Laurie uploaded a string of snarky Instagram posts in response to the glamorous influencer. 'When are we going to tell Bec that more police around her compound would mean higher taxes?' she asked in one of the posts'

Laurie uploaded a string of snarky Instagram posts in response to the glamorous influencer. 'When are we going to tell Bec that more police around her compound would mean higher taxes?' she asked in one of the posts'

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Laurie appeared to suggest Judd doesn't understand what's going on outside the 'high walls' of her mansion.  

'Not sure if the Western side of the bay counts as #bayside but this is us enjoying our lives today, feeling safe without even having the security a multi-million dollar compound,' she wrote in another Instagram post. 

'I know research can be boring but I'm more than happy to help if anyone would like to know the facts about Melbourne's crime statistics,' she sarcastically added. 

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Laurie (pictured on The Project) appeared to suggest Judd doesn't understand what's going on outside the 'high walls' of her mansion

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Laurie (pictured on The Project) appeared to suggest Judd doesn't understand what's going on outside the 'high walls' of her mansion

'It can be hard to know what's really going on out here, on the other side of the high walls of the compound. 

'But it's quite safe my dears. Don't be afraid. Laurie accompanied her post with a photo of her children playing at the park, framed by the words words: 'Melbourne's rates of violent crime have decreased, year on year, since 2014. Be influenced by stats.'

This message appeared to take a dig at Judd's job as a social media influencer. 

Laurie also uploaded a screenshot of a story reporting that crime rates 'where Bec's mansion is' are down 23%. She simply captioned the image with an eye-rolling emoji. 

Laurie accompanied one of her posts with a photo of her children playing at the park, framed by the words words: 'Melbourne's rates of violent crime have decreased, year on year, since 2014. Be influenced by stats'

Laurie accompanied one of her posts with a photo of her children playing at the park, framed by the words words: 'Melbourne's rates of violent crime have decreased, year on year, since 2014. Be influenced by stats' 

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