(ed: apologies to regular readers for my late reporting/arrival on this love/hate/revenge story currently gripping nz – but the links in this story cover what i would have linked to –
and i would urge all the political-junkies out there to just pace themselves – we are only in the opening rounds of this saga – there is much more to run…and i predict we will all have national party scandal fatigue shortly – simon bridges is toast..even if they destroy ross….and don’t forget that this is all being manipulated by simon lusk – a rightwing activist (dirty politics etc..)…and i feel that ross will eventually realise that he has just been used – as a pawn in a greater game…but sit back – put yer feet up – and stock up on snacks – it’s gonna be a long scandal..eh..?..)
Four women have spoken to Newsroom accusing Mr Ross of incoherent rages, and seriously harassing and bulling them.
On Tuesday Mr Ross strenuously denied allegations he had harassed anyone and said National was trying to push him out of the party.
The accusations follow four extraordinary days of National Party turmoil with Mr Ross accusing party leader Simon Bridges of breaching electoral law over a $100,000 donation – releasing a secret recording of a conversation with Mr Bridges and laying a police complaint.
Mr Bridges has repeatedly and strongly denied any wrongdoing over donations but has been forced to apologise for comments in the recording about fellow MPs.
Newsroom journalist Melanie Reid said she has been looking into the background and behaviour of Mr Ross for the past year.
Ms Reid told Morning Report she had spoken to some of the women over a long period of time before this week’s events.
Some women had not wanted to come forward because they were frightened of Mr Ross’s volatile nature she said.
‘They’ve come forward now because I guess he said look I never disrespected a woman … and that’s been a tipping point for them to go public so to speak – because they’re anonymous’.