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Australian attorney general denies rape allegation

March 3, 2021 4:34 pm
Christian Porter says he rejects a 1988 rape allegation. [Source: BBC]

Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter has identified himself as the cabinet minister at the centre of a rape accusation – an allegation he strongly denies.

A letter sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week alleged Mr Porter raped a 16-year-old girl in 1988. The woman took her own life last year.

New South Wales Police have closed their investigation into the matter.

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Mr Morrison has previously rejected calls for his minister to stand down.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Porter said he would not step down from his position but was taking a period of leave.

The alleged victim reported her complaint to New South Wales Police last year but did not make a formal statement. The investigation was suspended after she died last June.

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