A fourth woman has reportedly come forward with allegations against a man who is accused of raping former government staffer Brittany Higgins.
According to the ABC, the woman has accused the man of stroking her thigh while attending drinks with colleagues at a Canberra bar in 2017.
She told the broadcaster that it was ‘completely uninvited and the incident made her angry.’
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The woman gave a statement to Police on Sunday afternoon.
She says she decided to come forward after Ms Higgins’ publicly accused the male staffer of raping her in the office of then Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds in 2019.
The Australian newspaper reported on Saturday that a former Liberal staffer alleges she was also raped by the same man.
It also reported on Monday that a former campaign volunteer has accused the staffer of raping her during the 2016 election campaign.
It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison maintains his staff did not tell him about the allegations by Ms Higgins until several days after media made inquiries with his office about the incident.
“I’ve instructed my staff I would expect to be advised of such matters,” Mr Morrison told Question Time.
Senator Reynolds has confirmed that she also did not tell the Prime Minister about the allegations.
“The reason for that, as I’ve consistently said in this chamber, that it was not my story to tell, it never was,” Senator Reynolds said.
“At all times I took my lead from Brittany Higgins in terms of what support she needed and who was to know about this and who was not.”
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