Bloody One Nation Clash After Multiple Sexual Harassment Claims
United Australia Party Senator Brian Burston and One Nation adviser James Ashby have been involved in an altercation at Parliament House in Canberra.
The Australian newspaper published images showing the pair in a physical clash on Wednesday night, after Burston had earlier accused One Nation leader Pauline Hanson of sexually harassing him.
Burston told News Corp Australia Ashby ran up to him as he and his wife were leaving a dinner function and Ashby put a phone close to his face.
An image supplied by Burston appeared to show his hand with blood on it from cuts the senator said happened when he tried to grab Ashby's phone.
"I told him to f*** off," Burston told News Corp, adding that he tried unsuccessfully to grab the phone.
Bloody marks were later found on Hanson's office door, but Burston denied involvement.
Burston said Ashby pursued him and his wife.
"I lost it," the senator said.
"I grabbed him and I pushed him up against the wall."
Burston -- who quit One Nation in June 2018 --said he had reported the incident to Australian Federal Police.
Ashby said the senator's claims were false and he had been trying to take images of Hanson leaving the same function when Burston attacked him.
Hanson had in parliament on Tuesday accused an unnamed senator of sexually harassing at least six staff, and using taxpayer funds for payouts to keep some of the women silent.
Burston said on Wednesday he was the man referred to, telling News Corp Australia it was "bull***" and one of the reasons he left One Nation was because of sexual harassment from Hanson over two decades.
"Right back when we had our first One Nation AGM at the Rooty Hill RSL (in 1998), that was the first time she hit on me," he said, of the unwanted attention.
He claimed Hanson "rubbed her fingers up my spine" while listening to the national anthem and she'd propositioned him after he was elected in 2016 at her home in Queensland and Canberra.
But Hanson denied all claims.
"I wouldn't go near him with a barge pole," she said.