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World Judge orders former Australia MP to pay damages to female senator for sexual remarks

11:11  25 november  2019
11:11  25 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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An Australian senator has won a defamation case against a former political opponent she had accused of making sexist slurs towards her. Mr Leyonhjelm, who has since quit the Senate, failed to persuade a judge that his remarks were legally protected. A judge ordered him to pay A0,000 (£

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Senator Sarah Hanson-Young reacts during a press conference after winning her defamation case against against former Senator David Leyonhjelm today in the Senate at Parliament House on November 25, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. Australian spy agency ASIO is investigating reports China tried to plant an operative as an MP in a seat in Federal Parliament. Fairfax Media and Channel Nine's 60 Minutes reported over the weekend that Chinese intelligence agents offered a million dollars to pay for the political campaign of Liberal Party member Bo “Nick” Zhao, to run for a Melbourne seat. Nick Zhao was found dead in a Melbourne hotel room shortly after approaching ASIO about the offer, with his cause of death still unknown. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)© Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Senator Sarah Hanson-Young reacts during a press conference after winning her defamation case against against former Senator David Leyonhjelm today in the Senate at Parliament House on November 25, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. Australian spy agency ASIO is investigating reports China tried to plant an operative as an MP in a seat in Federal Parliament. Fairfax Media and Channel Nine's 60 Minutes reported over the weekend that Chinese intelligence agents offered a million dollars to pay for the political campaign of Liberal Party member Bo “Nick” Zhao, to run for a Melbourne seat. Nick Zhao was found dead in a Melbourne hotel room shortly after approaching ASIO about the offer, with his cause of death still unknown. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

During a June 2018 debate in parliament over a ban on using pepper spray, libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm had heckled Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, telling her to "stop shagging men", a vulgar colloquial term for sexual intercourse.

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A federal judge on Friday ordered the government of Iran to pay Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his family 0 million in damages for his U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon of Washington entered a default judgment against Iran, which by its custom did not answer the lawsuit

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has been awarded 0,000 in damages after winning her defamation case against the former Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm will be forced to pay Sarah Hanson-Young 0,000 plus interest after a judge ruled the former senator defamed her in a series

Comments made in the chamber are subject to legal protections. But Leyonhjelm repeated the remark, using the same term, in subsequent media appearances.

Hanson-Young then filed a lawsuit, the country's first between sitting politicians, accusing Leyonhjelm of defaming her by suggesting she was a hypocrite for claiming all men were rapists but still having sexual relations with them.

"The whole thing is just really awful and part of me wants to not go through with the court case because it's so exhausting, but I can't let him get away with this," Hanson-Young said in a hearing, according to a ruling published on Monday by Federal Court judge Richard White.

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Senator Hanson-Young sued former Liberal-Democrat David Leyonhjelm over comments he Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young broke down in tears when a former senator who publicly 'All I ever wanted was for Mr Leyonhjelm to apologise for his hurtful remarks and bad behaviour - he refused.'

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"He will continue to bully me unless I stand up to him, so I have to."

Leyonhjelm admitted to the court his public statements carried the meaning suggested by his colleague but defended the lawsuit on the grounds that he was protected by parliamentary privilege. Leyonhjelm also told the court his colleague already "had, or deserved, a bad reputation", the judgment said.

But judge White rejected Leyonhjelm's defense, saying his "conduct was not reasonable and had in any event been actuated by malice".

"He published his claim concerning the applicant to a mass audience with the intention of publicly shaming her," White wrote in a summary of his findings on Monday.

He ordered Leyonhjelm to pay Hanson-Young A$120,000 as "aggravated damages".

Hanson-Young wrote in a post from her Twitter account that she sued Leyonhjelm "for every woman & girl who's been told or made to stay silent in the face of harassment and disrespect".

"Today's ruling is a win for them," she wrote.

Leyonhjelm quit the federal parliament in March to run for a state seat, unsuccessfully. Calls to his former media adviser and his party, the Liberal Democrats, were unanswered, while Leyonhjelm did not respond to a message seeking comment on his Facebook page.

(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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