Pollies snubbed accused
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.