“Colin Craig set aside a million dollars and was going to destroy me”

Rachel McGregor has finished giving her Brief of Evidence and has answered Brian Henry’s questions.  Colin Craig asked the court if he could delay his cross examination until tomorrow.  Her testimony appears to have brought up a number of issues that he wants to review before facing her.

“I remember two main things about the mediation [in the Human Rights Tribunal],” she said. “One was that my lawyer was reading out lines of [Craig’s] letters about how he wanted to kiss me, and Colin was adamantly saying that he treated me like a sister the whole time.”

She said Craig was saying, “yeah, well, I’d kiss my sister. I’d do what I say in the letter to my sister”.

“I and my lawyer thought it was absurd,” MacGregor told the court.

She said Craig also made the comment that “he’d set aside a million dollars and was going to destroy me“.

So this is how much Colin would love his sister.

MacGregor, who had received an $18,000 loan from Craig, said the politician threatened to increase the interest of the loan to scare her.

“He was trying to bully me into not going to court, that’s exactly what he was doing.

“The interest was going up really, really quickly. It was going up monthly.”

And now, to be totally clear – it’s finally out in public:

“I was mortified. He was trying to make me out to be crazy. He was trying to fudge the facts.”

The settlement agreement saw the loan and advances written-off, and MacGregor was also paid $16,000 [for work Mr Craig had held payment back for].

She said the “mutual resolution”, which Craig wanted it called, also implied she would withdraw her complaint of sexual misconduct to the Human Rights Commission.

“There is no way I have ever withdrawn my allegations, to this day my allegations stand concrete strong. What I withdrew was my complaint.

She wanted it all to end and took the path that looked like it would provide the quickest exit.

“The way that he wanted to do it looked dodgy, but on the other hand I just wanted to get this man out of my life, I just wanted it over.”

The way Craig wanted to do it was so creative that his own lawyer baulked and ended up testifying against Craig during the HRRT case.  That’s the case where MacGregor was awarded a record $128,000 against Craig.

As it stands, Mr Craig continues to deny that he sexually harassed Rachel MacGregor.   Mr Craig’s Brief of Evidence and responses to Brian Henry continued to stress that they both wanted the relationship, that Rachel came on to him and he put an end to it, and that they had to create boundaries around the working relationship to keep MacGregor from pursuing him further.

With that as a background, he did continue to write her long letters including poetry.  He also admits to getting excited when she was communicating with him.  And that he imagined going to sleep on her legs as a method to … go to sleep.

The case is set down for three weeks and has three days left on the time table.

 

– NZ Herald


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