In a very significant development in the insanely long investigation into claims a senior Cabinet minister assaulted a woman in Parliament House a decade ago, the Herald Sun has revealed the existence of very friendly text messages sent by the rape accuser to the Minister years after the night she claims he attacked her.
It is surely now time that this outrageous farce was put to an end. We doubt there is a single person – even among the Minister’s political adversaries – who believe there is any serious likelihood that she is telling the truth.
The newspaper’s John Ferguson explained this morning that he “has seen Christmas and New Year messages sent by the woman in which she wishes the embattled MP a long and happy life.” They were sent four years after the night she now says she was attacked and threatened.
Is that really what rape victims do? Send their rapist happy greetings expressing friendship?
Any lingering doubt – and there clearly wasn’t much left – over the matter has been resolved in our view.
Interestingly, the Hun reports that the texts have been recovered from Greek telco records.
John Ferguson reveals despite the accuser claiming she had nothing to do with the Minister since the night in question that:
On Christmas Day in 2002, at 10.03am, the woman texted Mr Theophanous from overseas, declaring: “Wishing you and the family a very merry xmas.”
She also sent a Greek greeting, which when translated to English wished Mr Theophanous “many happy years”.
On New Year’s Day 2003, at 11.37am, she sent another SMS declaring: “HAPPY NEW YEAR. May 2003 be a joyus (sic) and prosperous year for you.”
Four years later, after a rash of high profile sexual harassment lawsuits in Greece made big news and big profits for the plaintiffs, the accuser talked with a solicitor in the outer suburbs of Melbourne and began to investigate how she could profit from her story.
We can only hope the accuser is brought to justice. The Police investigation her tales prompted have cost Victorian taxpayers many hundreds of thousands of dollars and deprived the government of one of its most senior ministers. At some point, it seems inevitable that her story will be exposed as a lie. Will she be allowed to get away with it?