COUN­CIL­LOR CREEP

Noosa politi­cian booted off Bach­e­lorette for sleazy be­hav­iour Mayor set to or­der in­quiry as star says she was treated ‘like meat’

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA MARSZALEK JACK MCKAY

A SUN­SHINE Coast politi­cian who was sen­sa­tion­ally booted from The Bach­e­lorette last night for lewd be­hav­iour is now fac­ing sanc­tion by the state’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment watch­dog for his ac­tions.

Noosa coun­cil­lor Jess Glas­gow (pic­tured) was asked to leave the man­sion by Bach­e­lorette Angie Kent (pic­tured above right) af­ter he made a raft of sex­ual com­ments that made her un­com­fort­able.

A SUN­SHINE Coast politi­cian who was sen­sa­tion­ally booted from The Bach­e­lorette last night for lewd be­hav­iour is now fac­ing pos­si­ble sanc­tion by the state’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment watch­dog.

Noosa coun­cil­lor Jess Glas­gow was asked to leave the man­sion by Bach­e­lorette Angie Kent af­ter a raft of sex­ual com­ments that made her un­com­fort­able and was ac­cused of be­ing sex­ual to­wards fe­male crew mem­bers.

He also spoke of kiss­ing “plenty of girls” who have “turned their heads” at his ad­vances as well as his “wan­der- ing fin­gers” in a two-day stint t in which fel­low suit­ors said he was a “sleaze” and a “creep”.

Cr Glas­gow in­sisted his be­hav­iour was ap­pro­pri­ate.

His ap­pear­ance on the show has stunned Mayor Tony Welling­ton, with the coun­cil now poised to re­fer Cr Glas­gow to the Of­fice of the In­de­pen­dent Asses­sor over al­le­ga­tions his ap­pear­ance on the show breached the coun­cil­lors’ code of con­duct.

In a group pho­to­shoot last night, which fea­tured Cr Glas­gow dressed as the rear of a horse, he told cam­eras he was “the first per­son she’s go­ing to get to ride” when Ms Kent was asked to sit on his back.

He also crit­i­cised a con­tes­tant for not try­ing to kiss Ms Kent, say­ing, “I would have just grabbed that sweetie and laid one on her” and “I’ve kissed plenty of girls and they’ve turned their heads be­fore; I’m used to it”.

Other f footage t showed him telling Ms Kent: “Don’t mind me if I’ve got some wan­der­ing fin­gers all right.” In an­other scene, Cr Glas­gow is shown mak­ing lick­ing and bit­ing ges­tures at Ms Kent’s thighs.

Told by the other men that Ms Kent wanted to speak to him about his be­hav­iour, he said: “Bring it on, bitch.”

Queens­land’s Code of Con­duct for Coun­cil­lors states coun­cil­lors will not be­have in a way that re­flects ad­versely on the rep­u­ta­tion of a coun­cil. Penal­ties range from ad­mon­ish­ment to dis­missal.

Cr Glas­gow’s be­hav­iour led to a lec­ture from Ms Kent, who said he had gone too far and made her un­com­fort­able.

“If there’s any­thing in my en­tire life that I’ve been su­per sure of is that I would never al­low a man to come in and f--k with my sis­ter­hood. Never. I can’t have that in my life,” she said. “…You al­ways talk about me like a piece of meat.”

Cr Glas­gow told The Courier-Mail he had done noth­ing wrong, in­sist­ing his be­hav­iour was ap­pro­pri­ate and that he had not brought the coun­cil into dis­re­pute, nor breached the code of con­duct.

“This is a show where she’s try­ing to date 20 guys though, don’t for­get,” he said. “It’s to­tally taken out of con­text.”

“It was all just jest, in the mo­ment-type be­hav­iour,” he said. “I never said any­thing in a deroga­tory-type, in­sen­si­tive way to­wards her.” Cr Glas­gow said that he was just cre­at­ing drama on the show “to get rat­ings”.

“You know, if I was out there bash­ing in heads and caus­ing trou­ble and do­ing vi­o­lence or be­ing a crim­i­nal, this is where this kind of con­duct and sys­tem comes in place. But I wasn’t,” he said. “Peo­ple for­get, we’re film­ing TV here. I don’t know if you’ve no­ticed, but their rat­ings are through the roof be­cause of this thing.”

Cr Glas­gow, who was elected in 2016, said he hadn’t done any­thing to dis­re­spect his con­stituents.

“It was just sim­ply an op­por­tu­nity in search of love … to find, hope­fully, the mother of my chil­dren,” he said.

Cr Welling­ton said that Cr Glas­gow’s be­hav­iour was not re­flec­tive of the coun­cil’s nor the com­mu­nity’s val­ues.

“Cr Glas­gow did not seek ap­proval from my­self and I only found out about his in­volve­ment af­ter the show h hd had been recorded,” he said.

Cr Glas­gow made fre­quent ref­er­ences to his job on the show, in­clud­ing when he pre­sented Ms Kent with the keys to the city and spent Wed­nes­day’s de­but episode wear­ing a king-like red vel­vet cape.

He said he had asked for two weeks of leave and was back within 10 days and that he couldn’t tell the mayor about the show be­cause of a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment.

‘PIECE OF MEAT’: Angie Kent booted coun­cil­lor Jess Glas­gow off The Bach­e­lorette last night af­ter some com­ments on set, which drew a fierce re­buke dur­ing the rose cer­e­mony (in­set left). He de­fended his be­hav­iour as ‘mak­ing drama’.

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