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(NEW SOUTH WALES) JUST IN: NSW MP Michael Johnsen, who is accused of raping a sex worker in the Blue Mountains in 2019, has resigned from state parliament yesterday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: Mr Johnsen said he made the decision to resign with a “heavy heart” and was confident he would be cleared of the alleged rape:

NSW Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen resigns after being accused of rape: The NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad is investigating the alleged sexual assault. “Mr Johnsen was last week removed from the Nationals and Coalition party rooms, and was suspended from the National Party, when the allegation, which he denies, was made in question time”

Yesterday an ABC investigation revealed the Upper Hunter MP offered the sex worker $1,000 to attend State Parliament for sex, and sent the woman a string of lewd text messages and an obscene video while Parliament was sitting.

Posted 9h ago, updated 6h ago

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NSW MP Michael Johnsen denies raping the woman.(Supplied: Michael Johnsen)

He admited he was an “imperfect human” but the alleged crime “just didn’t happen”.

“However the needs of the electorate come first and that is the approach I have always taken, often at great personal sacrifice such as the role of a member of parliament demands and many may not fully realise,” he said in a statement.

The woman who has accused Mr Johnsen of rape told the ABC she was “relieved” to hear about his resignation but disappointed it only came after the lewd text messages were revealed.

“How sad and how little respect do we, as a nation, have for women when it’s called for his resignation over a consensual conversation but not over [an alleged] sexual assault. We’ve got a long way to go,” she said. 

Last Wednesday, Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle used parliamentary privilege to detail the rape allegations but did not name Mr Johnsen, only referring to him as Coalition MP.

He later came forward and identified himself as the accused man.

He said his name was immediately leaked to the media after Ms Doyle made her speech in parliament.

Mr Johnsen said the allegation was “devastating, unfair and unfounded” and has signficanlty impacted his mental health and overall wellbeing.

“Given the harassment of some sections of the media, which has gone beyond that which could considered professional, the only way of navigating this situation has been to withdraw from public life,” he said.

“My partner and my family are my priority now, and I also thank them for their incredible love and support without which, at this stressful time, I could not do without.”MP exchanged lewd texts during Question TImeNSW politician Michael Johnsen offered a sex worker $1,000 to attend state Parliament for sex and sent the woman a string of lewd text messages and an obscene video while Parliament was sitting.Read more

Nationals leader and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said he welcomed the resignation.

“My message to the people of the Upper Hunter is I will always put integrity before politics, which is why I called for Mr Johnsen’s resignation.”

Mr Barilaro said he was “sorry” to the Upper Hunter communities.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “very relieved” Mr Johnsen had quit after yesterday describing his behaviour in parliament as “absolutely disgusting”.

“That is a good outcome. We look forward to moving forward,” she said.

The woman made a complaint to NSW Police about the alleged assault in September last year after writing to her local MP, Ms Doyle, about Mr Johnsen.

Mr Johnsen was on a parliamentary ethical standards committee which conducted a review of the code of conduct for NSW MPs in 2018.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.01: 2021:

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