The Courier-Mail

Pollies snubbed accused

- LINDA SILMALIS

THE man accused of raping political staffer Brittany Higgins had alienated so many excolleagu­es that he was barred from meeting NSW ministers when he became a lobbyist.

The former staffer, who cannot be named, made “multiple” requests to meet ministers last year while working for a large corporatio­n. However, the meetings never took place with senior staff for the ministers turning down the requests.

A source said the man had “long-standing conflicts” with former colleagues, including allegedly leaking against the party.

In October 2018, the man sent an email to officials, announcing his resignatio­n from the party. There is no suggestion ministers or staff were aware of the alleged rape of Ms Higgins (pictured) in March 2019.

The man, who has checked into a private clinic, has been stood down from the private corporatio­n in the wake of the alleged rape case.

The social media accounts of his friends and family members have been deactivate­d.

It is understood police are yet to speak to the man, who is a dual national.

PM Scott Morrison yesterday seized on a request from the AFP to require MPs to report possible crimes to authoritie­s.

It follows Defence Minister Linda Reynolds failing to notify him of the incident in her office.

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