‘The victim’s life has been destroyed’ – Barry Soper on Mallard’s false rape accusation

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Publish Date
Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 1:55PM
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‘The victim’s life has been destroyed’ – Barry Soper on Mallard’s false rape accusation

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 1:55PM

Speaker Trevor Mallard has been accused of destroying an innocent man’s life, after falsely accusing a parliamentary member of being a rapist.

Mallard's in the firing line amid revelations taxpayers footed a $330,000 bill for his settlement and legal costs of a defamation action - after he wrongly called a staff member a rapist.

Newstalk ZB Political editor Barry Soper told Andrew Dickens the Prime Minister and Labour Party are not living up to their own words and values.

“If Jacinda Ardern pleads well-being and kindness as she does, there has been none of that applied to the man at the centre of this.

“He’s now very ill as a result of the accusation made against him, his life has been destroyed. That is not well-being or kindness.”

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