ALP’s Husar to sue Buz­zFeed

The Australian - - THE NATION - RICHARD FER­GU­SON

Emma Husar will launch le­gal ac­tion against Buz­zFeed over ar­ti­cles that de­tailed a litany of bul­ly­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against the La­bor MP.

Ms Husar, who holds the mar­ginal western Syd­ney seat of Lind­say, told fed­eral par­lia­ment yes­ter­day she was “slut-shamed” by the Buz­zFeed ar­ti­cles that re­ported an allegation she made lewd ges­tures with her legs near ALP front­bencher Ja­son Clare.

The ar­ti­cles, pub­lished in Au­gust, also de­tailed a se­ries of bul­ly­ing al­le­ga­tions from her for­mer of­fice staff mem­bers.

Ms Husar told par­lia­ment the ar­ti­cles were a “shame­less mis­rep- re­sen­ta­tion” and claimed she was not con­tacted by Buz­zFeed jour­nal­ist Al­ice Work­man be­fore pub­li­ca­tion. “I’ve had to bite my tongue and not de­fend my­self pub­licly while be­ing mis­rep­re­sented,” she told par­lia­ment.

Ms Husar told par­lia­ment she was “not a bully” and that she would “fight for her in­tegrity” in the courts. “I am not Sharon Stone. I am not a thief. And I did not de­lib­er­ately mis­use my work ex­penses,” she said.

A Buz­zFeed spokes­woman said it was con­sid­er­ing its po­si­tion af­ter Ms Husar’s state­ment and would “re­spond in due course”.

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