The daughter of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke said he ordered her to keep quiet about her alleged rape by one of his political allies for fear it would damage his career, Australian media has reported.
Rosslyn Dillon alleged she was raped three times by a late Labor member of parliament in the 1980s, The New Daily reported Saturday.
In a court affidavit, Dillon said her father — one of Australia’s most popular prime ministers — told her not to go to the police to avoid controversy ahead of his challenge for the party leadership in 1982.
The allegations were reportedly made as part of her Aus$4 million ($2.73 million) claim to Hawke’s estate, which she is disputing after receiving $750,000 in his will.
Hawke was unsuccessful in his 1982 attempt to become Labor leader. He took over the following year and was quickly elected prime minister, a position he held until 1991.
He died in May aged 89.
According to The New Daily, there are several inconsistencies in Dillon’s claims, including the timing of certain documented historical events.
Dillon’s sister, Sue Pieters-Hawke, said the family had been aware of the allegations at the time and Hawke found them distressing.
“She did tell people at the time. I believe there was a supportive response but it didn’t involve using the legal system,” she told The New Daily.
Dillon reportedly said she was “still haunted by the sexual assaults” and may have found closure if she had been able to go to the police.
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Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
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ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: