Luke Foley quits after journalist’s sexual harassment claim

Tom McIlroy for the Financial Review writes:

Facing growing pressure from colleagues after former ABC state political reporter Ashleigh Raper confirmed on Thursday she was the journalist at the centre of claims about sleazy conduct, Mr Foley announced he would stand down immediately.

She alleged the Auburn MP stood next to her and touched her inappropriately as he prepared to leave the event.

“He put his hand through a gap in the back of my dress and inside my underpants,” she said in the statement.

“He rested his hand on my buttocks.

Ms Raper said a former Fairfax Mediajournalist witnessed the incident but she chose not to make a complaint for fear she would lose her job covering NSW state politics.

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