– Robert Doyle: Cathy Oke speaks of ‘personal wrestle’ about not speaking out earlier

March 13, 2018


March 14, 2018 09:06:06

A Melbourne City councillor who triggered an investigation into alleged sexual harassment by former lord mayor Robert Doyle has spoken of her regret at not speaking out earlier.

Mr Doyle resigned from council in February after councillor Cathy Oke and Tessa Sullivan, a former councillor, accused him of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

On Tuesday it was revealed an independent investigation by Ian Freckelton QC found Mr Doyle deliberately placed his hand on Ms Sullivan’s breast while a driver was taking them home one night.

It also found he repeatedly put his hand in a sexually inappropriate manner on the thigh of Cr Oke, and on another occasion tried to kiss her.

Mr Doyle has publicly and repeatedly denied the accusations against him.

Speaking on ABC Radio Melbourne, Cathy Oke said she was proud she had come forward.

“I am very proud of what everyone has done in this city … but to have found ourselves in this situation … it’s a very personal wrestle in my brain as to why I didn’t say anything sooner,” she said.

More to come.







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