File detailing Christian Porter’s rape allegations made public | Christian porter
A dossier of rape allegations against former Attorney General Christian Porter, which was sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this year, has been made public for the first time, including allegedly contemporary diary entries.
On Thursday, the federal court released the entire 31-page document which was first distributed to a group of politicians, including Morrison, Labor Senate leader Penny Wong and Green MP Sarah Hanson-Young in February.
ABC’s reporting of the case prompted former attorney general Christian Porter to file defamation proceedings against the public broadcaster. The case has now been dropped, although Porter has failed to secure an apology from the ABC.
The dossier has circulated among politicians and members of the media since its first publication. Although parts of it have been released, it had not been widely seen until the Federal Court released the document on Thursday evening.
Posted on the first anniversary of the woman’s death – she committed suicide in 2020 – the file details her claim that Porter raped her three times in the early hours of January 10, 1988.
Porter vigorously denied the allegations. Before launching the CBA libel case, the former attorney general held a press conference in Perth in which he insisted he “had not slept” with the woman.
“Nothing of this nature happened between us… I can tell you that it did not happen,” he said.
The document contains a number of explicit claims, including that the woman was raped by Porter three times after dancing at a hotel in Kings Cross in Sydney. The woman and Porter were both in Sydney in 1988 to compete in the world varsity debate championships.
In the document, the woman alleged that after their night out, Porter offered her a “pearl necklace” which she accepted although she did not know what it was.
“I understood it was some kind of sexual act,” she wrote.
The document, written by the woman before her death, states that Porter complained that she “could not leave [him] with blue balls ”, and forced her to give him a blowjob despite her verbal protests. She alleged that after she vomited on herself, Porter offered to “clean” her.
In the document, the woman claimed that Porter had helped her wash, brushed her teeth and “shaved my legs and under my arms.” She wrote that he then dressed her before they fell asleep. She then alleged that she woke up when Porter anal raped her while she was lying on her stomach and naked, an act she described as “violently shocking”.
She alleged that “shortly thereafter” Porter raped her a third time.
“When I woke up later that morning… all I could deal with, as I remembered parts of the night before, cautiously, was the idea that things had gone” a bit too much away “with CP the day before,” she wrote.
“But it was okay, I reassured myself, because we were going to get married – someday.”
The documents released Thursday were part of a case brought by the woman’s friend, Jo Dyer, to prevent Sue Chrysanthou, South Carolina, from representing Porter in her now defunct case against the ABC.
The four-day hearing was hosted by Dyer in his attempt to stop the Silk star from acting for Porter over what she said was a conflict of interest resulting from a meeting between the two women in November of Last year.
Dyer was successful, Judge Tom Thawley ordering Chrysanthou to drop the case after agreeing that she had received confidential information relevant to the case and potentially presenting a “danger of abuse.”
Other documents released by the federal court included a full transcript of Dyer’s interview with Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan last year. In it, Dyer states that she believed the woman’s account when told decades later, in part because it was “so consistent and so detailed.”
“And there was no reason to [her] to make up a story like that, not to mention the details it included, ”she said.
“I believed in the story. Second, really, the incident as she described it was not … the actions she described were not something a 16 year old virgin would accept. So there was no ambiguity, it seemed to me, as to whether or not this was a consensual act beyond control or anything of that nature.
Dyer has become a key figure in the push to mount an independent investigation into the allegations against Porter. Earlier this month, she threatened to sue Porter for libel over comments he made at a press conference that she said “questioned my honesty and integrity.”