Christian Porter sues ABC for publishing claim he raped a 16-year-old girl in 1988 – using the same lawyers who sued minister for calling Brittany Higgins a ‘lying cow’
Attorney-general Christian Porter is suing the ABC for publishing an article online accusing him of raping a debating teammate in 1988.
Mr Porter categorically denied the allegation in an emotional press conference two weeks ago.
His legal team commenced defamation action at the Federal Court on Monday, reported The Australian.
Attorney-general Christian Porter is suing the ABC for publishing an article online accusing him of raping a debating teammate in 1988
The attorney-general, who is on mental health leave, is also suing the broadcaster over a November show called Inside The Canberra Bubble which aired allegations that he was sexist.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the ABC for comment.
Mr Porter has employed Company Giles, the same law firm that represented alleged parliament house rape victim Brittany Higgins.
Ms Higgins sued defence minister Linda Reynolds for calling her a ‘lying cow’ in earshot of colleagues in her office last month.
In a statement, lawyer Rebekah Giles accused the ABC of conducting a ‘trial by media.’
‘The ABC and Ms Milligan having published these allegations have damaged the reputation of the Attorney-General,’ she said.
The ABC’s article on 26 February accused a cabinet minister of a historical rape but did not name Mr Porter, who publicly outed himself the following week.