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AustraliaABC journalist releases explosive statement about Luke Foley

06:19  08 november  2018
06:19  08 november  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper (inset) has released an explosive statement containing allegations against NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley . Credit:AAP/Twitter. Ms Raper, who has declined to comment since Corrections Minister David Elliott first raised the allegations against Mr Foley under

The statement had been released after Ms Raper said Mr Foley reneged on a promise he made during a phone conversation with her on Sunday to resign as Opposition ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper (inset) has released an explosive statement containing allegations against Labor's Luke Foley .

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The ABC has released a lengthy statement from Ashleigh Raper, outlining her version of the events of an incident involving Mr Foley at a CBD bar in late November 2016.

Ms Raper, who has declined to comment since Corrections Minister David Elliott first raised the allegations against Mr Foley under parliamentary privilege, said she decided to break her silence after recent conversations with the Opposition Leader.

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ABC journalist releases explosive statement about Luke Foley © Twitter ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper

The statement had been released after Ms Raper said Mr Foley reneged on a promise he made during a phone conversation with her  on Sunday to resign as opposition leader by Wednesday.

During that conversation Ms Raper said Mr Foley told her: "I’m not a groper, I’m just a drunk idiot”.

Her statement says: “This is a position I never wanted to be in and a statement I never intended to make.

"But I think the time has come for my voice to be heard."

ABC journalist releases explosive statement about Luke Foley © AAP/Twitter ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper (inset) has released an explosive statement containing allegations against NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley.

Ms Raper said the “escalation of the public debate, including in state and federal parliament despite her expressed wish to neither comment nor complain, and the likelihood of ongoing media and political interest” prompted her to speak.

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Her statement says: "This is what happened on that night.

ABC journalist releases explosive statement about Luke Foley © Janie Barrett Luke Foley, flanked by Michael Daley and Jodi McKay on Thursday.

"The party moved from Parliament House to Martin Place Bar after a number of hours. Later in the evening, Luke Foley approached a group of people, including me, to say goodnight. He stood next to me.

"He put his hand through a gap in the back of my dress and inside my underpants. He rested his hand on my buttocks.

"I completely froze."

She said Sean Nicholls, who was then the state political editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and is now an ABC journalist, witnessed the incident.

Ms Raper said Mr Foley then left the bar and she discussed what had happened with Mr Nicholls.

"As shaken as I was, I decided not to take any action and asked Sean to keep the events in the strictest confidence. He has honoured that," her statement says.

She said there were several reasons for not wanting to make a complaint.

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"It is clear to me that a woman who is the subject of such behaviour is often the person who suffers once a complaint is made," Ms Raper said.

"I cherished my position as a state political reporter and feared that would be lost.

"I also feared the negative impact the publicity could have on me personally and on my young family."

"This impact is now being felt profoundly."

Ms Raper said she had a 19-minute telephone conversation with Mr Foley on Sunday during which he said to her he was "full of remorse for his behaviour" at the Christmas function.

"He told me that he had wanted to talk to me about that night on many occasions over the past two years because, while he was drunk and couldn’t remember all the details of the night, he knew he did something to offend me," she said.

"He apologised again and told me, 'I’m not a philanderer, I’m not a groper, I’m just a drunk idiot'".

She said he promised to resign on either Monday or Wednesday, but not Tuesday because he "didn't want to be accused of burying the story" on Melbourne Cup Day.

But Mr Foley then called her on Tuesday, she said, where he repeated his apology but said he would not be resigning as Opposition Leader based on legal advice.

Mr Foley’s caucus colleagues have maintained that they would not move on him as long as he continued to deny the allegation and Ms Raper did not make a statement.

The public broadcaster launched an investigation after Liberal senator Eric Abetz asked ABC acting managing director David Anderson about the allegations in a Senate estimates hearing.

Comment was being sought from Mr Foley and Mr Elliott.

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NSW Corrections Minister David Elliott has belatedly apologised to the ABC journalist at the centre of the harassment allegation involving Luke Foley , as he faced a furious backlash over his decision to raise the allegation under parliamentary privilege. Mr Elliott, in a statement released on Saturday afternoon, said he was "deeply sorry for the hurt my comments have caused Ms Raper" and said it was "completely unintentional". "I have every intention of respecting Ms Raper’s wishes and letting her get on with her life and will be making no further comments," the statement said.

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