Sunday, November 28, 2021

Former Upper Hunter National MP who resigned to investigate rape allegations will not be charged

Former NSW MP Michael Johnson will not be charged after being charged under parliamentary privilege of raping a sex worker.

Allegations were heard in the NSW Parliament earlier this year that a sitting MP had raped a sex worker in the Blue Mountains in 2019.

Johnson later revealed himself as an accused and resigned from his role as Upper Hunter MP in March.

He has consistently denied the allegations against him.

An ABC investigation later busted sexting her while in Parliament.

His resignation triggered a by-election in which the National Party retained the seat, contributing to the resignation of Labor leader Jodi McKay and the rise of Chris Minnes to the role.

“NSW Police has sought legal advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding these matters,” NSW Police said in a statement on Sunday.

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“Following the recommendations of the DPP, there was insufficient admissible evidence to proceed with the allegations.”

Johnson said he was upheld by the decision, criticizing Blue Mountains lawmaker Trish Doyle for fueling the allegations.

He wants Doyle to be expelled from Parliament.

“Member of the Blue Mountains has recklessly and maliciously abused parliamentary privilege without examining the facts of the case,” Johnson said in a statement.

Federal Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce echoed Johnson’s remarks on Sunday, saying Sky News Doyle should step down.


News From – The Epoch Times

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