KING OF THE Kas­tle

Rocker Daniel Johns swag­gers out of a no­to­ri­ous bondage dun­geon af­ter a two-week ben­der

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - VIDEO SEE DANIEL AF­TER HIS S&M CLUB BEN­DER dai­lytele­graph.com.au

THE un­rav­el­ling of rock god Daniel Johns took a bizarre turn last night out­side a no­to­ri­ous Syd­ney brothel and S&M “dun­geon”.

Emerg­ing from fetish par­lour The Kas­tle in Chippendal­e at 8pm yes­ter­day — while most Syd­neysiders were just start­ing their Satur­day night — a bleary-eyed Johns blew his nose and swag­gered across the road af­ter a marathon 12-hour lock-in ses­sion at the club, which spe­cialises in “brown show­ers” and “adult ba­bies”.

Fel­low guests have lifted the lid on the ex-Sil­ver­chair rocker who fre­quents the club reg­u­larly. One guest said the club had be­come a sec­ond home for Johns, with him spend­ing up to 18 hours a day there for the past two weeks.

While another, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said the be­hav­iour of the for­mer front­man had reached the point of “un­ac­cept­able” and was leav­ing other guests un­com­fort­able when he was present.

The Kas­tle is known as one of Syd­ney’s most no­to­ri­ous bondage clubs, hav­ing opened in the early ’90s to cater to “sub­mis­sives” who “sur­ren­der to plea­sure re pain, suf­fer­ing, pain and un­bear­able hu­mil­i­a­tion”. ”. Other pa­trons at­tend the club for com­pan­ion­ship and a quiet drink.

While club pol­icy is that all pa­trons’ pri­vacy is pro­tected, one guest — who also asked not to o be named — has blown wn the whistle on Johns, say­ing pa­trons and staff were “fed up”.

“Give him a few too many drinks and he loses his tem­per,” said the club in­sider.

“He is full of venom and anger and it all comes out.”

Oth­ers close to Johns said when he is not at The Kas­tle, he is at the Surry Hills wa­ter­ing hole Low 302 where he of­ten drinks in a pri­vate area with friends and is given carte blanche to “do as he pleases”.

In a video leaked to The Sun­day Tele­graph, Johns can be seen rolling around the club in a wheel­chair, while a friend can be heard jok­ing: “It’s Daniel Johns in his sil­ver chair”.

“It’s sad — he sur­rounds him­self with hang­ers-on and en­ablers,” said a bar reg­u­lar.

“The party never ends for him. It’s con­stant.”

Con­tacted yes­ter­day, Johns’ man­age­ment didn’t re­spond. How­ever Johns’ post-Sil­ver­chair spi­ral has ha been no se­cret in and around a Syd­ney’s bar scene, sce with the for­mer rock ro god snapped in var­i­ous v states of ine­bri­a­tion over the years. It is un­der­stood close friends h have slowly abando doned the Novo­cas­tria trian, who is con­sid­ered one o of the great­est front­men in Au Aussie rock his­tory. In their place has been a string of new friends and girl­friends.

Johns was last linked to Michelle Les­lie, the model who was ar­rested in Bali in 2005 and charged with car­ry­ing two sus­pected ec­stasy tablets in her hand­bag. Les­lie is now a suc­cess­ful in­te­rior de­signer and busi­ness­woman.

The pair hinted at an en­gage­ment last year in an in­ter­view with Stel­lar mag­a­zine, how­ever it’s not known if they ever for­malised their en­gage­ment. AD­DI­TIONAL RE­PORT­ING: LOUISE STARKEY

CHIPPENDAL­E 8pm Sil­ver­chair's Daniel Johns clears his nose as he strolls down Aber­crom­bie St in Chippendal­e. Pic tures: Damian Shaw

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