Court report: Day one

Colin Craig outside the castle where he works.

Mr Craig opened with a summary of the points he said he would be making throughout the three-week trial.

He said that bloggers must be accurate as they have social responsibilities. He alleged that Whaleoil had made some “seriously damaging” allegations. He stated that he published an allegedly defamatory pamphlet and sent it to every home in New Zealand in response to posts on the Whaleoil blog.

He outlined the following alleged, allegations on the Whaleoil blog:

  1. That Mr Craig sexually harassed his former Press Secretary by sending her SEXTS and letters, put financial pressure on her and that he begged her for an affair.
  2. That hush money was paid that was a six-figure amount.
  3. That Mr Craig lied to the Conservative Party board and to the public.
  4. That he sexually harassed another woman and was a ” sexual deviant.”
  5. That he conducted a witch hunt and used devious behaviour.

Mr Craig alleged that MSM attention was caused by the posts on the Whaleoil Blog and it was because of those posts that the story was published widely. He said that he decided to deny the allegations by publishing the pamphlet and holding a Press conference because he had learned that he could not control the narrative otherwise. His experience with the Media was that they would jump onto the most salacious aspects and run with them.

Whaleoil Editor Cameron Slater PHOTO-Whaleoil

Mr Craig said Mr Slater was irresponsible publishing the allegations. He acknowledged that both he and Mr Slater would be using the justification of an ” honestly held opinion.” He said that he developed a ” close friendship” with his Press Secretary.

 


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