The photographer who snapped Lisa Wilkinson’s solo dinner in Melbourne has hit back at The Project host, demanding an apology.

Lisa took to Instagram earlier in the week to call out the photographer who left her feeling “totally violated” as he took photos of her eating dinner and enjoying a cocktail on her own over the weekend.

She has also since addressed the photos on The Project when her co-hosts made light of the situation.

Her original post came after the Daily Mail published the pictures in an “exclusive” article which chronicled her every move during the meal in great detail.

“Lisa Wilkinson sips on a margarita as she dines alone at a restaurant in Melbourne following The Project’s recent panellist shake-up,” the article’s headline read.

Furious at the story, Lisa slammed the article in a lengthy post while referring to a “creepy old guy” she had seen walking past “half a dozen times”.

In response, the photographer published an open letter to Lisa on the independent Michael Smith News website, saying he took issue with the “creepy old guy” jab.

“Let me introduce myself – I’m Steve – and I’m the ‘creepy old man’ who photographed you sipping margaritas during a quiet dinner alone the other day in Melbourne. Who would have thought ‘that’ would turn into ‘this’?” he began.

“Let’s deal with the ‘creepy old man’ reference first. I’m actually 10 years younger than you are, so, Lisa, what does that make you? An ‘old old woman’? Of course not, and shame on anyone who refers to you as that because it’s degrading, sexist and downright offensive.”

Getting down to “brass tacks”, Steve then questioned the journalist’s claims she was “aware” of him taking photos of her.

“You claim you were aware of a guy. ‘He was incredibly menacing. I saw him walk past half a dozen times, staring at me.’

“Really? Here’s the thing. I did not walk past you once. Hundreds of other people did though as you’d expect given where you were sitting – in the front window of a busy hotel on possibly Melbourne’s busiest street,” he added.

“People know your face, Lisa. They’re going to look,” he said.

He went on to call out Lisa’s “hypocrisy” for calling out the photographer violating her privacy, given her career as a journalist has often included exposing private matters.

“Today you work as a presenter on The Project delving into all matters’ private,” he added.

“You claim to be an intensely private person, but have an Instagram account where you post about the dress you wore, the ‘shiny’ new hair do, how proud you are of your daughter. Private stuff.”

“It is just nonsense. It’s the same entertainment journalism that pays your $2 million a year salary.”

He concluded the letter saying Lisa should apologise to him, before signing off as “Steve (aka the creepy old man”.

Lisa has yet to respond to the letter.

Image credits: Getty Images

This article first appeared on OverSixty.