The deputy, from the National Party of Australia (National Party of Australia), would have offered an amount of 1000 Australian dollars – about R $ 4.3 thousand – for the sex worker to go to Parliament, according to the website Australian News.com.au. He would also have sent her sexual messages and a video of himself performing an obscene act.
Johnsen had previously been accused of rape in September 2019 by a call girl in the Blue Mountains area, west of Sydney.
The politician said he made the decision to resign with a “heavy heart” and was confident he would be cleared of the alleged act of sexual violence. According to ABC News, the congressman admitted that he was an “imperfect human”, but stressed that the crime “just didn’t happen”.
“However, the needs of the electorate come first and that is the approach I have always taken, often with great personal sacrifice, as the role of a member of parliament requires and many may not realize it,” said Johnsen, in a statement. .
New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro, who had asked the MP to resign, confirmed his resignation on Wednesday (31). “My message to the people of Upper Hunter is that I will always put integrity before politics, which is why I asked for Johnsen’s resignation,” he said.
The woman who accused the deputy of rape had made the complaint to the New Wales police and also written to the local deputy, Trish Doyle, asking for justice. She told ABC that she was “relieved” to hear about Johnsen’s resignation, but disappointed that the event did not occur until later.
“How sad and how little respect do we, as a nation, have for women when resignation is asked [do parlamentar] because of a consensual conversation, but not because of a sexual assault. We have a long way to go “, lamented the citizen.
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