Under-Siege Labor MP Says Sexual Allegations 'Absolute Lies'
Emma Husar accused of "bullying, intimidation, verbal abuse and sexualised behaviour".
Embattled Labor MP Emma Husar has strongly denied allegations that she sexually harassed an employee and diverting election money into her personal bank account, calling the claims "absolute lies" and "smear".
Numerous media reports have detailed an internal investigation into Husar, the first-term member for the western Sydney seat of Lindsay, in recent weeks, after a Buzzfeed article revealed she was being probed over allegations she made her publicly-funded staff perform household duties such as babysitting her children or walking her dog.
On Thursday, Buzzfeed reported Husar had been asked by a lawyer to answer allegations about workplace bullying, intimidation, verbal abuse and sexualised behaviour. Also among the claims were allegations money from election fundraising campaigns were diverted into Husar's personal bank account.
The Buzzfeed report also detailed claims of an encounter with Labor frontbencher Jason Clare.
Both Husar and Clare have strenuously denied the claims in the report. Husar, who Buzzfeed said was contacted before publication of their story, posted a strong denial in two consecutive tweets. She said the "smear" was "utterly untrue".
Clare also denied the allegations, according to Channel Nine's Chris Uhlmann. Husar retweeted the below tweet, after posting her denials.
In recent days, Husar criticised media for following her.
The Labor investigation is ongoing. On Wednesday, Husar said she had asked the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority to review the use of her expenses, including claims she had attended a Bruno Mars concert in Brisbane while in the city on official business.