McCready back again on Key’s harassment

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, May 15th, 2015 - 22 comments
Categories: john key, law, Minister for International Embarrassment - Tags: ,

Give it a rest Graham:

Ponytail-gate: McCready files new case

The legal assault on the Prime Minister is underway again but private prosecutor Graham McCready wants it known he’s not a “vexatious masked crusader”.

The Hamilton-based litigant filed a case with the Human Rights Tribunal this afternoon seeking $30,000 punitive damages from the John Key over the infamous ponytail-pulling incidents.

He filed a complaint of sexual harassment against Mr Key just hours after a District Court judge tossed out an attempted criminal prosecution over pulling the hair of Parnell waitress Amanda Bailey.

Instead of pursuing the matter through criminal courts, Mr McCready said he had switched to a civil jurisdiction which would be more straight-forward. “In the Human Rights Tribunal I can directly summons these people,” he said. If allowed, he would be able to cross examine the victim and perpetrator under oath. [spelling corrected]

I’m all in favour of holding Key accountable for his actions in general, but not when the victim herself has asked McCready to desist. McCready should respect her wishes.

22 comments on “McCready back again on Key’s harassment”

  1. dukeofurl 1

    Well thats his full time job now, professional litigator. It seems like he is using it for marketing purposes

  2. Neil 2

    Couldn’t agree more with you Anthony. He should butt out of this one.

  3. Clemgeopin 3

    Why hasn’t the victim herself made any official complaints anywhere yet? What is she waiting for or has she decided not to?

    • DoublePlusGood 3.1

      Maybe she received a briefcase. Or some threats. Neither would surprise me. Alternatively she could just have lawyers preparing something.

    • Crashcart 3.2

      Maybe she is waiting for Mcreedy to stop pissing around as she doesn’t want any chance of being associated with him at all. Maybe she doesn’t want to persue charges at all. Maybe she has been advised to wait or not file at all by a lawyer. Any number of reasons really.

      • Clemgeopin 3.2.1

        Ok, I get it. No body knows!

        Police inquiries and court cases take such a long time in New Zealand, sometimes years! A shocking inefficiency and a sad state of affairs! By the time anything happens, Key would be back in Hawaii or somewhere and his lawyers may be still fighting on his behalf as his proxy for a long long time, until everyone gets old, bald and tired ! So, Key would have pulled another slick one and got away without even a single strand of hair between his grubby fingers!

        So if the victim wants to charge Key, she should do it quickly. Not fair to Keep Key, our very popular and so honourable Prime Minister in such cruel suspense!

        • weka

          It’s none of our business what Bailey does or when (but if she wants to tell us I’m sure she will have lots of support).

        • mary_a

          @ Clemgeopin

          Even more cruel given the fact that Dear Leader is hanging out for a much anticipated knighthood, which should any investigation proceed against him, could become but a sorry pipe dream for FJK!

          Oh dear, what a shame, never mind, let’s move on!

        • McFlock

          She “should” do it in her own time, at her own pace, if she chooses to do anything.

          Not McCready’s timetable, not ours, not key’s, not anyone’s except her own.

          • tinfoilhat

            Absolutely and we and the media should stop pandering to Mr McCready’s behaviour.

            • McFlock

              McCready seems to be another one of those complicated individuals who does good things while also doing not-so-good things or being a not-so-nice person.

              A pretty typical human being, in other words 🙂

              • He appears to be on a crusade against any bad behaviour by any politician in NZ.

                So he is doing a public service albeit in a “flying axe-head” sort of way (don’t we have the police and other institutions which are supposed to perform this role?).

                And, like all crusaders, he’s got a few blind spots. In this case publicly stepping on Amanda Bailey’s toes.

    • aerobubble 3.3

      hypothetically. PR spin goes into overdrive at a potentially career ending event, the victim needs to be made to go away, how to do this?

      Well take Collins, she was exonerated for tight cast inquiry.

      How would I get key off the hook. Well the worst thing would be she goes to court.
      So paying her off would be the way forward, but key can’t get his hands dirty.
      So why not the key friendly, allegedly, media outlet make a balls up and have to allegedly pay out a lump sum for something else done to the victim.
      If the victim then went to court the PR spin could say she was going back for more.

      Now I have no knowledge of any payoffs, just a thought experiment in how to distract, disconnect and leave a turd blossom in the path.

  4. esoteric pineapples 4

    I’m not sure on this one. I don’t think the victim normally has to make a complaint for the police to acknowledge that a crime has been committed and take it to court. In this case, there is no way the police are going to look into it.

    It’s understandable that Amanda doesn’t want a stranger dragging her into a situation she doesn’t feel comfortable but sometimes/most times the bigger picture takes over and we all become just a player in it, whether we like it or not.

    Also, sometimes an outsider has to take the action that no-one closely involved in a situation can or wants to.

    • weka 4.1

      I was in two minds about it until Bailey made it clear she doesn’t support McCready’s actions. Now that she has he should stop.

      I don’t think your last sentence applies here.

  5. ian 5

    He is your rogue dog. You need to sort him out. If he was my dog I would shoot him ,or sell him on.

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