Colin Craig loses appeal against sexual harassment ruling, considers Supreme Court candidacy
Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has refused to rule out a Supreme Court appeal in his ten-year legal fight against his former press secretary for sexual harassment.
Craig said Thing he was “talking about it with my lawyers” after hearing that the Court of Appeal rejected his request to overturn a 2019 High Court ruling that he had sexually harassed Rachel MacGregor for years while working for him .
In its ruling released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal reconfirmed Justice Hinton’s ruling that Craig’s letters to MacGregor were “highly inappropriate” for an employer to send an employee and had “clear sexual content.”
In his submissions to the Court of Appeal, Craig argued that MacGregor falsely claimed to have been sexually harassed and therefore defamed him.
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He asked the court to decide whether the High Court erred in finding that he harassed MacGregor.
He also claimed he had relative privilege, which allowed him to sue MacGregor for libel because of his statements.
However, the court ruling found that Craig had wrongly treated MacGregor as part of a group that included former blogger Cameron Slater, Taxpayers Union founder Jordan Williams and former board member of administration of the Conservative Party John Stringer.
All were sued or sued for libel by Craig.
The ruling upheld the High Court ruling that Craig’s conduct was “intentional and sexualized conduct directed against a workplace subordinate.”
Tuesday Craig said Thing there were “errors” in the court of appeal judgment, but said he was undecided on whether to go any further.
He said he would sit down with his lawyers and decide on his next steps “reasonably quickly”.
The head of a trust created to support MacGregor said that despite the ruling against Craig, it was “difficult to find much to celebrate today.”
Nicola Taylor, of the Rachel MacGregor Trust, said MacGregor suffered for a decade from Craig’s actions.
“Over the past decade Rachel has seen her reputation intentionally damaged, she has come under intense media scrutiny and she has been an unwilling party to a number of costly and traumatic legal proceedings, including cross-examination. by the man who sexually harassed her.
Taylor described the effect on MacGregor as “heartbreaking, costly and almost deadly.” She congratulated her for raising the profile of sexual harassment in the workplace.
“What may have been helpful is hearing our courts reconfirm what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and the type of behavior that is just not acceptable.”
The Court of Appeal said Craig knew MacGregor’s public comments about him were true.
“… [H]We were aware of the solid basis for his sexual harassment complaint, that he had acted inappropriately and resolved his sexual harassment complaint, ”the ruling states.
“He also knew that his statements in response were false and misleading.”
In earlier evidence, Craig had acknowledged that some of his communications to MacGregor “went too far”, were “too intimate” and had “sexual overtones,” according to the ruling.
The court dismissed Craig’s appeal and ordered him to pay MacGregor unspecified legal fees.