Published On: Tue, May 11th, 2021

Sex tapes, bathroom busts and JAIL TIME: Home and Away’s most controversial off-air scandals

A former Home and Away actor has been accused of being the mastermind behind an alleged drug syndicate supplying cocaine across Byron Bay, New South Wales.

But it’s not the first time a star of the once squeaky-clean soap opera has been embroiled in a controversial off-air moments.

From Jodi Gordon’s wild night, to Lincoln Lewis’ raunchy sex tape confessions, and Martin Lynes’ imprisonment: Daily Mail Australia recaps the biggest scandals among Summer Bay’s famous alumni. 

Sex tapes, bathroom busts and JAIL TIME: Inside the dark world of Home and Away’s most controversial off-air scandals as actor Putu Winchester-Stanton, 44,(right) has been accused of masterminding an alleged drug syndicate in Byron Bay

Home And Away began broadcasting on Channel Seven 33 years ago, and has sparked the careers of many Hollywood stars. 

Maintaining a squeaky clean reputation until the turn of the century, the program has been ravaged by a series of controversies since the early 2000s.

Flashback! Putu played a surfer named Pogo on the soap, and was one of seven men arrested after police raided homes across the Byron Shire on Thursday, April 22

Flashback! Putu played a surfer named Pogo on the soap, and was one of seven men arrested after police raided homes across the Byron Shire on Thursday, April 22

Putu Winchester-Stanton

On Monday, news broke that former Home and Away actor Putu Winchester-Stanton, 44, had been accused of being the mastermind behind an alleged drug syndicate supplying cocaine across Byron Bay, New South Wales.

Putu, who played a surfer named Pogo on the soap, was one of seven men arrested after police raided homes across the Byron Shire on Thursday, April 22.

The Indonesian-born actor was charged with 10 offences including supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and knowingly direct activities of criminal group. 

Jail time: In 2018, former Home and Away actor Martin Lynes was jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in his home

Jail time: In 2018, former Home and Away actor Martin Lynes was jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in his home

Past role: Martin played Adam Sharpe, a mentor to Steve Peacocke's Brax, on Home and Away

Past role: Martin played Adam Sharpe, a mentor to Steve Peacocke’s Brax, on Home and Away

Martin Lynes

In 2018, former Home and Away actor Martin Lynes was jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in his home.

He was sentenced to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years and six months.

With his sentence being backdated to August 2017, it meant he would be eligible for parole in February 2020.  

Martin played Adam Sharpe, a mentor to Steve Peacocke’s Brax, on Home and Away.

Summer Bay SCANDALS: From Lincoln Lewis' raunchy sex tape confessions, to Jodi Gordon's wild night: Daily Mail Australia recaps the biggest scandals to hit Home and Away

Summer Bay SCANDALS: From Lincoln Lewis’ raunchy sex tape confessions, to Jodi Gordon’s wild night: Daily Mail Australia recaps the biggest scandals to hit Home and Away

Lincoln Lewis

In 2009, Home and Away was rocked by its second sex tape scandal ever, this one  involving the show’s golden boy, Lincoln Lewis. 

At the time, Lincoln admitted to filming a sex tape with a former flame a year prior, after word broke that he’d shown the tape to his cast mates.

According to The Daily Telegraph, several of the cast and grew were upset by the tape, urging him to get rid of the footage.

Sex tape: In 2009, a Home and Away was rocked by its second sex tape scandal ever, this one involving the show's golden boy, Lincoln Lewis

Sex tape: In 2009, a Home and Away was rocked by its second sex tape scandal ever, this one involving the show’s golden boy, Lincoln Lewis

Whoops! At the time, Lincoln admitted to filming a sex tape with a former flame a year prior, after word broke that he'd shown the tape to his cast mates

Whoops! At the time, Lincoln admitted to filming a sex tape with a former flame a year prior, after word broke that he’d shown the tape to his cast mates

‘You do stupid things when you are young,’ he told the publication, following his confession.

‘But you learn from your mistakes, that’s part of growing up. This mistake, and what I have learnt, will contribute a lot to making me a better person in the future.’

Channel Seven reportedly forced the then 21-year-old into counselling, but ultimately stood by him, the heartthrob staying on the show until 2010. 

Stupid thing: 'You do stupid things when you are young, but you learn from your mistakes, that's part of growing up,' he told News Corp in the aftermath

Stupid thing: ‘You do stupid things when you are young, but you learn from your mistakes, that’s part of growing up,’ he told News Corp in the aftermath

Jodi Gordon

Bikies invade the bay! Jodi Gordon (L) debuted on Home and Away back in 2005, where she played the 'straight down the line' character Martha MacKenzie

Bikies invade the bay! Jodi Gordon (L) debuted on Home and Away back in 2005, where she played the ‘straight down the line’ character Martha MacKenzie

She debuted on Home and Away in 2005, where she played the ‘straight down the line’ character Martha MacKenzie, previously played by Burcin Kapkin. 

In August 2009, a troubled Jodi was embroiled in a bizarre drug scandal with bikie associate and Kings Cross identity Mark Judge. 

The pair were found by police huddled in the bedroom of Mark’s Bellevue Hill home, after Jodi had called Triple Zero under the delusion that armed intruders were threatening her life – sparking an emergency operation. 

It was the end to a dramatic few days, with Jodi’s then-boyfriend Ryan Stokes reporting her missing in Kings Cross a few days prior.

'Cowering': In August 2009, Jodi was reportedly found 'cowering in the bedroom of a suspected bikie (Mark James Judge) after reports gunmen were trying to break in'

‘Cowering’: In August 2009, Jodi was reportedly found ‘cowering in the bedroom of a suspected bikie (Mark James Judge) after reports gunmen were trying to break in’

According to News Corp: ‘The unit’s resident reported that five men – at least two of them with guns – were in his backyard and trying to scale his balcony.’  

‘Armed police responded in force, wearing bullet-proof vests, cordoning off the area while a search was launched,’ they reported. 

Police reviewed CCTV footage and found no sign of any intruders – only Jodi and Mark hiding in a bedroom.

Jodi allegedly told officers during an interview following the bizarre episode that cocaine had been consumed earlier that night.

A day earlier, her fiancé Ryan had called Kings Cross police to report Jodi missing after a night out. The pair broke up soon after the scandal. 

Jodi's wild night! It was the end to a dramatic few days, with Jodi's then-boyfriend Ryan Stokes reporting her missing in Kings Cross a few days prior

Jodi’s wild night! It was the end to a dramatic few days, with Jodi’s then-boyfriend Ryan Stokes reporting her missing in Kings Cross a few days prior

Cleared: After being accused of putting a policewoman in a headlock and punching her repeatedly in 2019, actor Joel McIlroy avoided a criminal trial and was dealt with under the Mental Health Act in 2020. Pictured in September, 2020

Cleared: After being accused of putting a policewoman in a headlock and punching her repeatedly in 2019, actor Joel McIlroy avoided a criminal trial and was dealt with under the Mental Health Act in 2020. Pictured in September, 2020

Remember him? Joel McIlroy was nominated for a Silver Logie award in 2006 for his role as Home And Away's Flynn Saunders - husband to Sally Fletcher (right- actress Kate Richie)

Remember him? Joel McIlroy was nominated for a Silver Logie award in 2006 for his role as Home And Away’s Flynn Saunders – husband to Sally Fletcher (right- actress Kate Richie)

Joel McIlroy

Joel McIlroy was nominated for a Silver Logie award in 2006 for his role as Home And Away’s Flynn Saunders – husband to Sally Fletcher (actress Kate Richie).

In October 2019, he allegedly punched a 29-year-old senior constable during a violent scuffle in Surry Hills, Sydney’s inner-city, which resulted in the officer being taken to hospital.

However, after being accused of putting the policewoman in a headlock and punching her repeatedly Joel avoided a criminal trial and was dealt with under the Mental Health Act.   

Joel was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease in 2007, a rare degenerative brain condition. Medical experts gave him about ten years left to live during the 2020 trial, five of which will be in care.

Todd Lasance

The year from hell: Shockingly, 2009 ended with yet another Home and Away scandal, this time involving Logie-winner Todd Lasance, who played Aden Jefferies from 2005-2010

The year from hell: Shockingly, 2009 ended with yet another Home and Away scandal, this time involving Logie-winner Todd Lasance, who played Aden Jefferies from 2005-2010

Shockingly, 2009 ended with yet another Home and Away scandal, this time involving Logie-winner Todd Lasance, who played Aden Jefferies from 2005-2010.

He was arrested on the night of Home and Away’s Christmas party, reportedly caught in the bathrooms of King’s Cross nightclub Kit and Kaboodle.

Having started their night at Strike Bowling on King Street Wharf, Todd had dinner with some other cast members, many then joining him at Kid and Kaboodle.

Arrest: He was arrested on the night of Home and Away's Christmas party, reportedly caught in the bathrooms of King's Cross nightclub Kit and Kaboodle, later pleading guilt to cocaine possession

Arrest: He was arrested on the night of Home and Away’s Christmas party, reportedly caught in the bathrooms of King’s Cross nightclub Kit and Kaboodle, later pleading guilt to cocaine possession

Police sniffer dogs arrived later, officers claiming they ‘saw a man near the rear of the club acting suspiciously before he went into the toilets,’ according to News Corp.

‘Officers asked him if he had anything he should not and it is alleged he removed a small clear resealable bag containing white powder from a pocket,’ the publication said.

He was then arrested and charged with cocaine possession, which resulted in the actor being hit with a 12-month good behaviour bond – later lifted on appeal.

Johnny Ruffo

Four Seasons, one scandal: In 2014, Home and Away and former X-Factor contestant Johnny Ruffo was involved in a scandal at the Four Seasons hotel in Sydney

Four Seasons, one scandal: In 2014, Home and Away and former X-Factor contestant Johnny Ruffo was involved in a scandal at the Four Seasons hotel in Sydney

In 2014, Home and Away and former X-Factor contestant Johnny Ruffo was involved in a scandal at the Four Seasons hotel in Sydney.

He was photographed at a party, sitting at a table with lines of white powder.

In one of the photos, the actor used a bank card to cut the substance into 13 lines.

Johnny has never publicly commented on the images – Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting any drug use took place.

Dan Ewing

Scandal: In 2011, Dan Ewing was charged with assaulting his then-fiancée during a dispute at their Northern Beaches home

Scandal: In 2011, Dan Ewing was charged with assaulting his then-fiancée during a dispute at their Northern Beaches home

In 2007, Dan Ewing starred in Home and Away in a recurring role, playing Heath Braxton, before landing gigs on several other high-profile shows.

In 2011, Dan was charged with assaulting his then-fiancée during a dispute at their Northern Beaches home.    

‘A 26-year-old man (understood to be Ewing) was arrested at the scene and taken to Manly police station where he was charged with common assault,’ Police said.

The charges were later dropped.

What happened? Maintaining a squeaky clean reputation until the turn of the century, the 29-year-old program was ravaged by salacious controversies in the early 00's

What happened? Maintaining a squeaky clean reputation until the turn of the century, the 29-year-old program was ravaged by salacious controversies in the early 00’s

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