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Australian attorney general denies rape allegation

International desk || shiningbd

Published: 11:25, 3 March 2021  
Australian attorney general denies rape allegation

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

A letter sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week alleged 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.

Morrison has previously rejected calls for his minister to stand down. Porter, 50, said on Wednesday: "The things that are being claimed did not happen. "Nothing in the allegations that have been printed ever happened," he told reporters in Perth.

Porter said he had the prime minister's "full backing" and would not step down from his position, but would take two weeks 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.

On Tuesday, police confirmed they were dropping their investigation because there was "insufficient admissible evidence to proceed". Sexual assault cases in Australia typically require an alleged victim's testimony to proceed with prosecution. That is not possible in this instance because the woman has died.

Morrison's government has faced calls for a separate, independent investigation into the allegations.