Australia’s Secretary of Justice on Wednesday refused to have sex with a woman accused of raping her 33 years ago., He said it when he was 16 years old He will not resign from the post of Chief Justice of the country.
Christian Porter He said he would take leave to take care of his mental health after the recent allegations were made public.
“I’m going to take a two-week vacation for my own good”He told reporters. “I think I can come back from that and do my job.”
Complain committed suicide last year, And its The charges against Porter were made public last week After they were sent in anonymous letters to the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison And other legislators.
The media had reported that 16 of Morrison’s 22-member cabinet had been raped, although Porter was identified as a suspect online.
Former Criminal Lawyer, 50 years old, said He had decided to speak after police on Tuesday said there was not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal investigation.
One of the woman’s main lawyers and friends Independent inquiry into the evidence against Porter.
Morrison said Porter denies the allegations. He said the case was handled by the police.
But still Michael Bradley, The victim’s former lawyer said there would be a “media investigation” in the absence of a formal investigation.
“We should not all want it to happen, but it will happen if the allegation and its response are not proven in a proper process.” Bradley said.
Porter said the allegation did not justify leaving his post.
“If I leave my post as Secretary of Justice for an accusation that simply did not happen, anyone in Australia would lose their career, their job, their livelihood because of an accusation that appears in the media.”Porter said.
Porter said he was 17 years old in January 1988 when four people complained to the school debating committee and then competed at the age of 16. He said he had not asked her.
“I did not sleep with the victim (accused). We have no such nature between us.”Porter said.
“I remember that person as a brilliant, bright and happy person.”Added.
The woman’s name was not mentioned. Police are preparing evidence to help a death sentence determine the cause of his death.
The case has led to an increase in research into attitudes towards sexual harassment and violence in parliament, Said an employee had been raped by a high-ranking colleague in a minister’s office after making an unrelated complaint two weeks ago.
The government announced this in an email to parliamentary staff this week New secret complaint hotline for reporting serious workplace incidents.
(With AP info)