Nice try, but I doubt it will work with this guy

Rachel MacGregor has issued a press statement wanting to get on with her life without being vexed by a rather strange man.

Colin Craig’s former press secretary Rachel MacGregor says she just wants to move on with her life, following revelations that the former Conservative Party leader may have been planning to sue her for defamation.

MacGregor resigned two days before the election in 2014, and made a sexual harassment complaint against Craig. She later received an out-of-court settlement.

Craig is currently suing Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater for allegedly defaming him in posts about sexual allegations involving MacGregor.

The case was heard at the High Court at Auckland, with the judge’s decision still reserved.

Slater is counter-suing Craig for defamation over claims made in a booklet called Dirty Politics, which was distributed to 1.6 million homes.

Radio NZ reported on Friday that Craig was planning to sue MacGregor for defamation if he lost the case against Whale Oil.

But Craig denied that report to the Herald, saying he had “historically” considered suing MacGregor but decided against it.

Craig obfuscated. He has indeed filed papers in the High Court. They were filed on November 7 2016 and he has yet to serve Rachel MacGregor’s legal advisors. These are the lengths he will go to.

He has filed papers and his claims that he hasn’t are as false as every other claim he has made. It simply isn’t true that he hasn’t filed anything yet in the High Court.

In a statement today MacGregor said she had become aware that Craig filed defamation proceedings against her in November 2016.

Despite filing those proceedings nearly seven months ago, Mr Craig has not served papers on either me or my lawyers. I only became aware of the claim after media comments by Mr Craig in the last few days,” MacGregor said.

“My understanding is that the proceedings relate to matters that I consider were resolved in mediation before the Human Rights Commission and in my subsequent case before the Human Rights Review Tribunal.”

She said she had been advised that Craig’s “failure” to serve those proceedings on her or her lawyers for several months was a breach of the High Court rules.

“It is unclear to me why Mr Craig would want to file proceedings but not give me notice of them.

I strongly believe Mr Craig’s claim against me is an abuse of process.

As do I.

“I would like to get on with my life.”

MacGregor invited Craig to “put an end” to the saga by withdrawing the proceedings.

Craig confirmed to the Herald that defamation papers had been filed last November, but would not say whether they had been served to MacGregor, whether it was an abuse of process, and whether he planned to withdraw the defamation suit as requested.

He’s been caught out again being economical with the truth. He told the Herald on Friday saying he hadn’t..now he admits he has filed papers.

It’s a nice try from Rachel MacGregor, but somehow I doubt Colin Craig will give up vexing her or anyone else who wants to tell the truth about him.

I will be back in court with him on Wednesday for his appeal of the copyright strike out.

 

-NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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