Colin Craig contemplated buying his press secretary jewellery and told her she had “healing hands”, a jury has been told
The former Conservative Party leader is being sued for defamation by Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams over comments he made at a news conference and in a widely distributed leaflet in July last year.
Mr Williams has told the High Court in Auckland that the comments suggested Mr Williams been dishonest and had made up allegations about why Mr Craig’s press secretary Rachel MacGregor had left her job.
Yesterday he detailed accusations that Mr Craig had sexually harassed Ms MacGregor, forcing her to leave.
Mr Williams also read a number of poems he said Mr Craig had written for Ms MacGregor.
In one poem, Mr Craig implied that he wished he was two men and could be in a relationship with Ms MacGregor, Mr Williams said.
In a section of the poem titled ‘beautiful’, which the letter said Ms MacGregor could skip if she thought it was inappropriate, Mr Craig allegedly wrote: “You look unbelievably good in your new dress. Your lips are so amazing to kiss. Your skin is so soft. You are wonderful because you have the most beautiful … (lol).”
Full disclosure: I am vaguely, peripherally involved in this court case, somehow. Someone in the Conservative Party emailed me a copy of Craig’s pamphlet when it came out, and I guess Jordan Williams found that out during the discovery phase and so I had to sign a deposition about it all.
There’s an ‘Iran vs Iraq’ quality to all of this, but back when this trainwreck happened, Colin Craig signed a confidentiality agreement with MacGregor which he almost immediately broke, making all sorts of allegations against her in the media, secure in the knowledge that if she responded he could sue her for breach of agreement, but that she didn’t have the money to do the same to him. So watching him suffer another intense round of humiliation as karmic punishment for that is pretty sweet.