Australian PM apologises for harassment allegation

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News Desk

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly apologised for raising an unsubstantiated allegation of harassment at a media company as he defended his handling of a scandal over the treatment of women in politics and his party.

At a media conference on Tuesday, Morrison had said he would drive cultural change amid mounting public dissatisfaction over a series of allegations about the mistreatment of women, and conceded there had been unhappiness with his handling of the issue.

But during the event, he became involved in a terse exchange with a journalist from News Corp’s Sky News and claimed the company was investigating a harassment complaint made by a female staffer. News Corp Australasia’s executive chairman, Michael Miller, rejected the claim outright.