Federal MP Andrew Laming implied he would sue me for defamation on Friday night (13/8/21) in relation to an article I published Thursday morning (12/8/21) where I called him an “online stalker and alleged sexual predator”. Laming made the threat via Twitter, which is rather unusual, and he demanded a right of reply or for me to delete the article. The article is still up, and he has gone missing regarding a right of reply which I told him I would publish.
In the last couple of months Laming has been using a lawyer, Rebekah Giles who also represents Christian Porter, to threaten and intimidate journalists and politicians and most have buckled because of a technicality. Laming didn’t take an upskirt picture of a female he didn’t know which is what the journalists and politicians he threatened said. What he did do was take a picture of her bending over with her underwear showing which meant they were likely to lose a defamation case if it went to court. So, the journalists and politicians apologised.
The SMH reported on the 28/6/21 in an article titled “Federal Liberal MP Andrew Laming threatens 10 MPs and journalists with legal action”:
Federal Liberal MP Andrew Laming has threatened defamation action against at least ten journalists and politicians and is suing ABC journalist Louise Milligan, over tweets and comments that alleged he had taken an “upskirting” photo of a woman who was bending over.
The legal blitz by Dr Laming’s lawyers has prompted a flurry of written retractions and apologies, issued over Twitter in recent weeks, including from Labor Senator Murray Watt, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, former independent Senator Derryn Hinch, Queensland Labor MP Don Brown, and Chaser-owned website The Shot.
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally deleted a tweet after she received a concerns notice from Ms Giles, but has not apologised publicly.
Journalist and author Georgie Dent, represented by Marque Lawyers partner Michael Bradley, has also deleted a post but not apologised since being contacted by Ms Giles.
Nine, which owns this masthead, has also received concerns notice from Dr Laming’s lawyers in connection with its reporting of the allegations against him, but no apology has been issued. (Click here to read more) Laming apparently sent legal threats to numerous others as well.
Laming has no legal basis to threaten me with defamation proceedings which might account for why he did not send a letter from his lawyer Rebekah Giles but instead sent me a public message on Twitter as per below which was an attempt to intimidate me.
The August 12 article Laming complains about above in his Tweet is titled “Confessed online stalker and alleged sexual predator Andrew Laming MP wins $79,000 defamation payout after sticking his snout in the taxpayer’s trough again” and starts off:
Federal MP Andrew Laming, who is one of the biggest grubs in parliament, has settled his defamation lawsuit against ABC journalist Louise Milligan for $79,000 plus costs which will be paid by the ABC. For Laming to be sticking his snout into the taxpayer’s trough again is scandalous but Louise Milligan also has issues regarding her use of Twitter which I have written about in the last 2 articles.
It is interesting that Andrew Laming has not sued, or even threatened to sue, any of the numerous women who have made very serious allegations against him. He has only gone after the journalists with frivolous and vexatious threats and he struck it lucky with the ABC who implied they settled to save costs. (Click here to read the article)
I responded to Laming’s message on Twitter as per below:
I sent a Laming a follow up message on Saturday (14/8/21) as per below:
Laming was talking tough on Friday night but has not reponded to my offer to publish a response from him. That is how bullies normally operate. They are good at making threats but when asked to back them up they run.
Crystal White is the lady who made a complaint to the police about Laming taking a “picture of her bottom on his mobile phone in 2019, while her underwear was exposed as she bent down and filled a fridge with drinks at a landscape supplies business in Brisbane.” (Click here to read more) Laming was never charged by the police. It is interesting that Laming has never sued Crystal White for defamation but he sued Louise Milligan and threatened to sue many others.
Standing up to Laming and reporting the truth is not just important for the numerous people he has bullied and abused but also because of the clayton’s defamation win he had against Louise Milligan on a technicality which I suspect he will use to try to intimidate others.
Laming’s reputation has been trashed not by the media but by himself over many years. In the last article I wrote I pointed out that many articles can be found on the internet with different allegations against Laming such as Laming’s Facebook messages making a woman suicidal, Laming making a 10-year-old-girl cry and Crystal White’s police complaint and there are many more people who have complained about Laming.
Laming’s conduct and alleged conduct, almost entirely against women, forced him to announce that he would not be running again at the next election and he was forced to take sick leave and do empathy training. Seems like the empathy training didn’t achieve much.
I stand by my last article, which Andrew Laming complained about on Twitter, as being a true and fair report and I doubt very much I will be hearing from Laming again but if I do, I won’t be buckling.
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