Colin Craig has announced that he will suing Taxpayers Union head Jordan Williams, former Conservative Party chair John Stringer, and Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater for defamation.
The former New Zealand Conservative Party leader accused the three men–whom he referred to as the “dirty politics brigade”–of conspiring to destroy his reputation.
“Today is a good day because this is the day we start to fight back against the dirty politics brigade who have been running a defamation strategy against me,” he said. “This is about who is honest. Is Colin Craig telling the truth or is it the Dirty Politics brigade. Let the courts judge this matter so we know whom to trust.”
“Today the line is drawn. Either the dirty politics brigade is telling the truth or I am,” he added.
Last month, Craig was forced to step down as the leader of the Conservative Party after allegations that he sexually harassed his press secretary Rachel MacGregor. He admitted that there had been “inappropriate behavior” but denied that they had sexual relations.
These are the amounts that he is seeking from each man: $300,000 from Williams, $600,000 from stringer, and $650,000 from Slater.
Slater said that Craig will be “in for a very rough ride.” He fired back at the accusations, saying that in his experience, “ people who go to the media about defamation instead of serving papers on those they intend to sue, are trying to create a ‘chilling effect’.”
“Come on Mr Craig. I’m even happy to come to your castle to pick the documents up. Let me know when they’re at reception,” the controversial blogger added.
Stringer said that he is not threatened by what Craig is doing. “No, [I’m] absolutely not [concerned] and I’m happy to defend it. I think Colin’s made a catastrophic mistake. He doesn’t have the political acumen for this stuff and he’s on thin ice. Once we’re in court we have to have disclosure, and disclosure is a wonderful thing,” he said.
Craig said that formal claims are in the works and will be given to Williams, Stringer, and Slater in the next two days.