Sydney PR powerhouse Roxy Jacenko has penned an impassioned letter begging a judge to spare her husband from prison.
Jacenko's husband, Oliver Curtis, was recently convicted of insider trading to the value of $1.43 million, and is awaiting sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison.
In a letter to the judge presiding over the case, Jacenko said that her husband is their children's primary caregiver.
The founder of Sweat Betty PR and mother to Instagram sensation Pixie Curtis, 4, and son Hunter, 2, said that her frantic schedule means that her husband plays a crucial role in their family.
In the three-page letter, the former Celebrity Apprentice star says she is on call 24-7, with her husband taking on most of the responsibilities – with the help of a nanny - when it comes to their children.
“While I have a team of staff to assist me, I am the face of the business and my clients demand a personal touch,” she wrote. “As a result, I work long hours and ensure I’m contactable by clients at all times.”
“He is generally the one who is home to ensure that they have dinner, are bathed and put to bed, as I am often unable to be relied upon to be home at a regular time to do these things due to the nature of my work."
“Additionally, it is often the case that Pixie and Hunter are looked after by Oli alone on weekends as my job involves weekend work for various client events and clients who require that I am on site during their appearances or events.”
"Because of my work I would describe Olie as the primary caregiver."
The PR maven also touches on the special bond Curtis shares with the two. “They screech with excitement as soon as they see him and then no one else matters to them — not even me.”
“When Oli is away, Pixie and Hunter both miss him badly and can struggle with eating and sleeping while they’re unsettled.”
Jacenko outlines the negative impact the trial has already taken on her family, and expressed her concern over providing for her family if Curtis is sent to jail and she cannot maintain her work.
“I know I have lost some prospective clients and will continue to do so, " she continued.
"I have also been the target of media and public speculation as to the source of my own wealth, ignoring the fact that I have built up my business from scratch from a time well before I met Oli. Oli and I do not have any joint financial interests. We do not have any joint bank accounts."
“I am able to provide financial support to my family entirely. The business that I run and my personal salary are sufficient to ensure the payment of school fees, other expenses (such as the nanny’s salary), rent on our apartment and living expenses such as groceries."
“My work life, and as a result my ability to provide for the family, would be severely impacted should I be unable to maintain the hours I currently work.”
Curtis is due to be sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court this Friday.