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Australia 'I really feel for her': Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget breaks her silence over bombshell claims the larrikin former PM told his daughter not to report an alleged rape

17:36  15 december  2019
17:36  15 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Josephine Blanche d ' Alpuget (born 3 January 1944) is an Australian writer and the second wife of Bob Hawke , the longest-serving Labor Prime Minister of Australia. D ' Alpuget is the only child of Josephine Curgenven and Louis Albert Poincaré d ' Alpuget (1915–2006), journalist, author

Blanche d'Alpuget smiling for the camera: Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget (pictured) has broken her silence over Rosslyn Dillon's recent allegations© Provided by Daily Mail Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget (pictured) has broken her silence over Rosslyn Dillon's recent allegations

Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget says she knew 'didn't know anything' about bombshell claims the former prime minister told his daughter not to report an alleged rape until they came to light this month.

Rosslyn Dillon alleged in an affidavit she was raped by Labor MP Bill Landeryou in the 1980s and Mr Hawke covered it up to protect his career.

Neither man can defend the allegations, with the former prime minister dying on May 16 this year, just three months after the passing of his former colleague.

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'The seven weeks of mourning have passed': Bob Hawke ' s widow Blanche d ' Alpuget (pictured) stepped out in Sydney for the first time since her husband's death in Sydney on Saturday. The socialite told the publication she'd avoided the public, revealing: 'It's the first time I 've been out since Bob died.

'I didn't know anything, and I can't say anything,' Ms d'Alpuge said at the launch for her revised book 'Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography' in Sydney's north shore on Sunday, The Australian reported.

'I don't know what she said.'

The 75-year-old added that she had been advised by her lawyers not to comment.

She also referred to her legal advice when she was questioned about Ms Dillon's requests for finances from Mr Hawke's estate.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rosslyn Dillon (right) alleged last week she was raped by Labor MP Bill Landeryou in the 1980s and Mr Hawke (left) covered it up to protect his career© Provided by Daily Mail Rosslyn Dillon (right) alleged last week she was raped by Labor MP Bill Landeryou in the 1980s and Mr Hawke (left) covered it up to protect his career Bob Hawke, Blanche d'Alpuget are posing for a picture: Ms d'Alpuget (right with Mr Hawke) would not comment on the explosive claims as she attended a Dymocks book signing for her revised novel Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography in Sydney's north shore on Sunday© Provided by Daily Mail Ms d'Alpuget (right with Mr Hawke) would not comment on the explosive claims as she attended a Dymocks book signing for her revised novel Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography in Sydney's north shore on Sunday

Ms d'Alpuget said she was concerned for her late husband's daughter, following his death earlier this year.

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'I am very concerned that Rosslyn is grieving so much, I really feel for her,' she said.

The pair have not recently spoken but Ms d'Alpuget said she would be willing to communicate with Ms Dillon if her lawyers permitted.

During the book signing, Ms d'Alpuget spoke to the picture of Mr Hawke smoking a cigar on the back of the book.

She said her late husband was smoking the day before he died and added the former prime minister was a 'truly great man'.

Ms Dillon, Mr Hawke's youngest daughter with his first wife Hazel, claims when she told her father of the allegations in the 1980s, he told her: 'You can't go to the police,' The New Daily reported on last weekend.

'You can't. I can't have any controversies right now. I am sorry but I am challenging for the leadership of the Labor Party,' she says in the affadavit lodged in the NSW Supreme Court.

Mr Hawke's eldest daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke said she hoped the allegations won't change the way Australians thought about her father.

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Bob Hawke ' s will is in dispute. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen. Ms Dillon reportedly wants a greater share of her father's estate and has engaged a specialist family law firm Tiyce Mr Hawke and Ms d ' Alpuget , his biographer, had a long affair while Mr Hawke remained married to his first wife Hazel Hawke .

a close up of Blanche d'Alpuget: Ms d'Alpuget said she was concerned for her late husband's daughter, following his death earlier this year. 'I am very concerned that Rosslyn is grieving so much, I really feel for her,' she said© Provided by Daily Mail Ms d'Alpuget said she was concerned for her late husband's daughter, following his death earlier this year. 'I am very concerned that Rosslyn is grieving so much, I really feel for her,' she said a person lying on a couch: Ms Dillon (pictured), Mr Hawke's youngest daughter with his first wife Hazel, claims when she told her father of the allegations in the 1980s, he told her, 'You can't go to the police'© Provided by Daily Mail Ms Dillon (pictured), Mr Hawke's youngest daughter with his first wife Hazel, claims when she told her father of the allegations in the 1980s, he told her, 'You can't go to the police'

Speaking on Monday at an event honouring him on what would have been his 90th birthday, Ms Pieters-Hawke said it would be 'foolish if they did'.

'I've made it very clear ... that I love and respect my sister, I disagree with her on (the process of challenging the will) and apart from that I will be making no public comment,' she said.

Ms Dillon's allegations are the 'subject of an affidavit which may or may not be tested in court and I'm not going to comment on any of that,' she said.

The family are 'pretty well as far as I know,' following the reports, Ms Pieters-Hawke said.

Mr Hawke's stepson Louis Pratt said the claims are 'news to me' and that the family are 'all surprised, obviously.'

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Bob Hawke ' s family has broken their silence about court claims he asked his daughter Rosslyn not to go to police with allegations she was raped by a Labor MP. ' I love and support my sister and disagree with this,' Mr Hawke ' s oldest daughter , Sue Pieters- Hawke (lower left)

Bob Hawke, Blanche d'Alpuget are posing for a picture: Mr Hawke and second wife Ms d'Alpuget are pictured in Sydney in 2012© Provided by Daily Mail Mr Hawke and second wife Ms d'Alpuget are pictured in Sydney in 2012 Bob Hawke et al. sitting posing for the camera: Bob Hawke (centre) former Prime Minister of Australia with family Rosalyn, Hazel, Bob, Sophie, Sue and Ian during Labor Campaign in 1987 Sydney, Australia© Provided by Daily Mail Bob Hawke (centre) former Prime Minister of Australia with family Rosalyn, Hazel, Bob, Sophie, Sue and Ian during Labor Campaign in 1987 Sydney, Australia

'Because I know that Bob loved Rosslyn very much and I know what his character is, so it's surprising,' he said.

Ms Dillon, who is reportedly living on welfare payments, is claiming $4 million from her father's will rather than the $750,000 given to each of his three children and Mr Pratt, the son of his widow Ms D'Alpuget.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Bill Landeryou (pictured) was a close friend of Hawke's. He died in February this year© Provided by Daily Mail Bill Landeryou (pictured) was a close friend of Hawke's. He died in February this year

The New Daily reports the couple's family home in Sydney sold for $14.5 million before his death.

In the affidavit, Ms Dillon says she was 'shocked and hurt' her father asked her to cover up the alleged rapes.

'I thought to myself I could not make any bigger sacrifice to the (my father's) political career if I had tried.

'He asked me to let the matter go for him and I did so for him.

'I am still haunted by the sexual assaults. I feel that I may have had a chance to get over these rapes if I was able to report the incidents to police.'

Ms Dillon's list of demands, itemised in the claim obtained by the New Daily, begins with $2.5 million to buy a house in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

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Mr Hawke ' s youngest daughter Rosslyn Dillon also told the publication she had developed a close relationship with Ms d ' Alpuget after her mother passed. Hawke is survived by his three children with Hazel: Susan, Stephen and Rosslyn. The couple had a fourth child, Robert Jr, who died as an infant in

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She claims the $750,00 set aside for her in Mr Hawke's will was not enough to buy a Sydney home.

Ms Dillion also wants $30,000 for a full mouth of implanted dentures to replace the ones she has been wearing for the past five years.

'I have no teeth of my own in my mouth,' she said.

'I had them all removed around five years ago at a cost of $8,000. I do have dentures, however they are uncomfortable and cause me pain. I cannot afford to have them replaced.'

Ms d'Alpuget wed Mr Hawke after he divorced his first wife Hazel in 1994 and the couple spent 24 years married before his death.

Mr Hawke, who led Labor to four election wins in a row between 1983 and 1991, died two days before this year's Federal Election aged 89.

Bob Hawke standing in front of a birthday cake: Bob Hawke Prime Minister of Australia (1983 - 1991) marries Blanche D'Alpuget in Sydney, Australia© Provided by Daily Mail Bob Hawke Prime Minister of Australia (1983 - 1991) marries Blanche D'Alpuget in Sydney, Australia Bob Hawke wearing a suit and tie: Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister (pictured in 2012) left $750,000 each to his three children Sue Pieters-Hawke, Stephen Hawke, Rosslyn Dillon and his stepson Louis Pratt© Provided by Daily Mail Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister (pictured in 2012) left $750,000 each to his three children Sue Pieters-Hawke, Stephen Hawke, Rosslyn Dillon and his stepson Louis Pratt

Bob Hawke's daughter has paid a high price, so leave her history alone .
Rosslyn Dillon's allegations of her sexual assault by a Labor politician - and of her father's request that she not go to police - should not be dismissed.Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

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