Leyonhjelm forced to pay $120,000

Ms Hanson-Young has been awarded $120,000 plus interest after suing her then colleague over comments he made in a press release and in interviews with Sky News, Melbourne radio station 3AW and the ABC’s 7.30 program between June 28 and July 2, 2018.

In the material, the then Liberal Democrat politician elaborated on his comment to her on the floor of parliament to “stop shagging men” amid a debate on legislation seeking to prevent violence against women.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has won her defamation case. Picture: Tricia WatkinsonSource:News Corp Australia

Senator Hanson-Young said the material portrayed her as a hypocrite and misandrist, in that he stated she used words in parliament that were “tantamount” to claiming all men are rapists but “nevertheless had sexual relations with them”.

She told the Federal Court she did not use those words, which would be an “absurd” statement.

Mr Leyonhjelm contended any reputation damage arose from her own words when she said “he’s slut-shaming me” on July 3, 2018.

He testified that although he couldn’t recall her exact wording, he had no doubt that the meaning of the Green senator’s parliamentary interjection was “all men are rapists”.

This was consistent with statements she had previously made on multiple occasions, he said.

Justice Richard White handed down his judgment this afternoon.

He ruled Leyonhjelm’s defence of justification and qualified privilege had failed.


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