Police confirmed this morning that the woman at the centre of sexual allegations against former National minister Richard Worth has dropped the complaint.I think we should be clear here that when the woman who dropped the complaint says going through the courts would be a further ordeal I suspect she means for her, not for Worth. Given the current trial of the man who has admitted killing Sophie Elliott, I can understand why she would make that decision. I just cannot understand how Clayton Weatherston can even think any level of provocation, any at all, could be sufficient to justify what he did.
3 News said last night that the Korean woman had made the move on the advice of police. She felt the political damage to Dr Worth had been sufficient and that going through the courts would be an additional ordeal.
A Wellington police spokeswoman confirmed in a statement this morning that the complaint had been formally withdrawn, but said: "At no time did Police suggest to the complainant that she should withdraw her complaint."
The statement said police "will need to assess all the information we have to bring the file to a state of finality."
...Mr Key received an email from the complainant about the alleged incident. 3 News said it had seen the email and it described how she and Dr Worth had been drinking wine at a hotel. She felt tired and went to bed and was woken by a naked Dr Worth.
Other details in the email went some way to explaining why Mr Key lost confidence in him, the report said...
Don't even start me on the ridiculous defence argument in the trial of Nai Yin Xue. And the treatment of Neelima Choudray would also have given this woman pause. When oh when are we going to stop blaming those at the sharp end for harassment, stalking, rape, assault, even murder.
Worth made it clear he denied the accusations absolutely and that he would fight and fight. He has the wherewithal and the legal contacts to make that last a significant period of time.
Like Idiot/Savant, this doesn't smell much like justice to me.