Former Conservative Party head Colin Craig has filed papers in the High Court in Auckland to sue his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor for defamation.
Mr Craig has confirmed to RNZ the papers have been filed against Rachel MacGregor but said the case would only go ahead if his case against Cameron Slater did not go in his favour.That case finished last week with Justice Toogood reserving his decision.
In that case Mr Craig sued Mr Slater for posts he made on his Whale Oil blog about Mr Craig and his relationship with Ms MacGregor.
Mr Slater counter-sued Mr Craig for statements made in a leaflet sent out to 1.6 million households around the country.
Ms MacGregor said she was not aware of the new proceedings until contacted by RNZ.
She said she had not been served with documents and declined to comment.
Her advocate Ruth Money said the action showed Mr Craig’s ‘true colours’ and declined to comment further.
Mr Craig said he would not go into details about the case but confirmed it was a defamation proceeding.