Just a few hours after a third woman accused an Australian Parliament employee of sexually assaulting her, a fourth woman announced that she had been sexually harassed by the same employee in 2017.
And the fourth woman claimed that the employee of the Liberal Party touched her thigh while they were together in a bar in Canberra.
She has also filed a complaint with the local police in Canberra and stated her intention to make a statement later this week.
The new accusation comes after a former parliament employee, Brittany Higgins, claimed that she was raped inside the Australian Parliament building, in the office of then-Minister of Defense Industry, Linda Reynolds, after drinking alcohol with the same employee in March 2019.
Two other women, a liberal employee and former coalition volunteer, also made allegations to “The Australian” newspaper that they were sexually assaulted by the same male employee.
The fourth woman, who now wants to remain anonymous, told ABC that when she learned of the identity of the Brittany Higgins rapist through employee networks, she felt crazy, and remembered a similar incident with her by the same employee.
The woman said she attended a party in 2017 with colleagues in the Canberra General Bar after work, which is the favorite drinking party of the political class.
She added that she was surprised when the man, who she later learned was the same one who raped Higgins, put his hand under the table and touched her thigh.
The woman said that this did not satisfy her and angered her, and this is not the first time that she received unwanted attention from men she worked with in Parliament, and it was not the last time.
“At the time, I was so used to sexual harassment that I ignored it,” she added.
She made her remarks late Sunday afternoon at a local police station, and said that within an hour, an investigator from the Australian Federal Police team specializing in child sexual abuse and child abuse cases called her.
She indicated that the officer asked her to come and make an official statement later in the week.
For his part, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized for the manner in which the matter was handled, and said that he asked his employees what they knew about the accident.
These latest allegations come on the heels of a report by “Four Corners” last November about the culture of the House of Representatives and what is going on inside it, including related allegations against two government ministers.