A woman who filed a historic rape allegation against Prime Minister Christian Porter asked for a Skype interview with police months before her death.
A response submitted to the NSW Congress revealed that the woman approached the NSW police on April 1, 2020 and asked if she could provide a formal statement through Skype.
Police then spoke in a conference call with a woman who lived in Adelaide.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time, police were unable to travel to South Australia.
“Victims were presented with options in connection with obtaining her statement,” a police statement to NSW Congress said.
“A co-determination was made by all parties not to conduct interviews remotely. There are several reasons for this decision. Victims understood and supported this decision.”
The woman died on June 24, 2020, the day after she contacted police that she could not proceed with the complaint.
Mr. Porter violently denied the historic rape allegations and filed a defamation proceeding against ABC in connection with the allegations published by ABC.
It was also revealed that a friend of a friend who was allegedly a victim issued a formal statement to police, despite forces claiming that the investigation remained closed.
Former female boyfriend James Hook released a media statement last month, holding multiple “related discussions” with both Mr. Porter and the woman over the years, witnessing any question under oath. He said he was ready.
No investigation has been published on this matter.
Hook, now Managing Director of the Macquarie Group, issued a formal statement to police on March 17 and 22, 2021.
“This statement provided by Mr. Hook does not change the position of the NSW police,” reads the answer provided to the NSW Congress.
“The investigation remains complete.”
According to a parliamentary response, the alleged victim in June 2020 clearly stated that he could not handle the complaint: “In an investigation of this nature, investigators listened to the victim’s wishes. It’s important to lean and respect. “
“The last time the investigator contacted the victim was that she felt she could no longer proceed with the report.
“Investigators will continue to respect this request.”
Last month, Mr. Porter was replaced by the Attorney General and the Minister of Labor and Management in a cabinet reshuffle. He remains in the Morrison Government Cabinet as Minister of Industry, Science and Technology.
Additional report by Jodie Stephens.
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