“I was driving to Parliament the day af
ter the bullying and harassment report on the place was delivered and heard on the radio that a ‘rapist’ could be stalking the corridors and it disturbed me greatly,” he said.
However early that afternoon he realised he was the so-called “rapist” when he was summoned into the office of the Parliamentary Service boss Rafael Gonzalez-Montero to be stood down.
I can’t imagine what that must have been like. Absolutely horrible.
A colleague at the centre of an unsubstantiated complaint against him three years earlier had come forward again after complainants were urged to do so by the Speaker.
“At no time was I spoken to by the review’s head Debbie Francis which I thought I would have been considering an alleged incident had been investigated and was found to be without merit.
“It’s ironic that the review was about bullying and harassment. I feel I’ve been bullied out of Parliament and harassed within it, particularly by the Speaker’s claim,” the teary-eyed man said.
It’s like Mattress Girl. Sadly even today, there’s still people who paint her as the victim. This guy is incredibly lucky his name isn’t public.
The complaint was ruled to be unsubstantiated last year, laid two years after the incident happened.
The man said it resulted from working alongside a colleague at Parliament when a clipboard was lost.
“We searched for the clipboard which was important and with great relief we finally found it. She gave me a high five but being a little old-fashioned I hugged her back, that was honestly all there was to it,” the man said.
Two years later he said she laid a complaint and both of them were interviewed. In a written decision after the investigation last year, her claim that he hugged her from behind, pushing his groin into her, was found to be unsubstantiated and no further action was warranted.
But wait, there’s more!
The Speaker understood the same man was responsible for the two other claims of serious sexual assault. He later added one of the key dangers is no longer in the building.
The man said he’s dumbfounded but the same woman was involved in one of the other complaints. He said he passed a comment about another woman’s hair looking nice, with the original complainant telling her he was looking at her breasts.
The third complaint came following a platonic friendship he had with another colleague, who on one occasion came around to his house with her son for a cup of tea with his wife. He says he kissed her on the cheek once as he was farewelling her and he suspects she was put up to the complaint by someone else.
Again, shades of the Mattress Girl situation, where the woman scorned gets her friends to lay complaints to fake a “pattern of behaviour”. Same thing they tried to do with Kavanaugh.
This is a really bad look for Mallard. He painted parliament as a place where rapists roamed out-of-control.
Reality is, it was a non-event that was blown up, investigated and dismissed. But for some reason, Mallard decided to take something that was nothing and make it into something much bigger than it ever could have been.
One of the worst cases of bulling in parliament, ironically as part of a campaign to stop bullying.
Almost like the put the fox in charge of the hen-house. How about that?