Labor MP Emma Husar Launches Defamation Against BuzzFeed Over 'Slut Shaming' Stories

Embattled Labor MP Emma Husar said she will launch defamation proceedings against website BuzzFeed and one of its journalists after a series of stories that alleged she had acted inappropriately towards staff and colleagues.

"I am not a bully. I am not Sharon Stone. I am not a thief and I did not deliberately misuse my work expenses," she told the House of Representatives on Thursday.

BuzzFeed published a series of articles on Husar, the first-term member for the western Sydney seat of Lindsay, and allegations from her staff that she had acted inappropriately and been a demanding boss.

Husar initially announced she would not stand again for parliament in the wake of the allegations, which she denied, and an internal Labor Party report into her conduct. But she has since outlined her intention to stand for Lindsay again, despite uncertainty over whether her party would endorse her.

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In parliament on Thursday, Husar announced she had launched legal action against BuzzFeed and its journalist Alice Workman. Husar claimed she had not been given a chance to respond to the first story published by BuzzFeed, claiming the publication had posted the story before approaching her for comment.

"They also knew I was bound by confidentiality under the Whelan process I was being examined by, but they went ahead and they published their slut-shaming story knowing with full intent that it would go viral," she said.

"Let me correct the record. They did not give me any notice in advance, they didn't give me the opportunity to seek release from my confidentiality obligations so I could respond."

"I have launched proceedings for defamation in the federal court against BuzzFeed and Alice Workman, who were involved in this shameless misrepresentation and subsequent takedown."

Buzzfeed said they are aware proceedings have been issued.

"We're considering our position with our lawyers and will respond in due course," a spokesperson told 10 daily.

More to come.