Woman who accused controversial MP Andrew Laming of upskirting files official complaint with QLD police
Woman who confronted warring MP after sneaking a sneaky photo of her flashing her underwear as she bent down, files her complaint with police
- Woman accusing MP of taking ‘up-skirt’ photo files complaint with police
- She alleged that Andrew Laming took a photo while bending over at work
- The Liberal MP is also accused of harassing women via social media
A woman who accused contending MP Andrew Laming of taking an ‘up-skirt’ photo of her leaning forward in front of a refrigerator has made a formal statement to police.
Crystal White started complaints on Monday at the Cleveland Police Station, east of Brisbane, after claiming that Mr Laming photographed her buttocks while she was stacking a bar fridge for a Queensland landscaping company in 2019.
The MP has come under fire over a scandal over female harassment but will remain in the coalition’s party chamber until the next election.
Crystal White (pictured) has prepared a formal police report on Andrew Laming MP
MP Andrew Laming (pictured) has been accused of taking a photo in her skirt
“I’ve been documenting the incident for now,” Mrs. White recalled 9 News after visiting the police station.
Witness and Mrs. White’s colleague Sean Blinco also made a statement to agents.
“I’m only here to tell my version of the events and just to support Crystal,” he said.
Taking a photo in a person’s skirt is a criminal offense and can be punishable by up to three years in prison.
Mrs. White previously called the photo ‘really inappropriate’.
Mr Blinco has said his manager also saw the MP take the photo and forced him to remove it.
Sean Blinco (pictured) said he witnessed the incident and made a statement to the police
Ms. White said the MP took a photo of her underwear while she was stocking a refrigerator in 2019
Mr. Laming claimed the photo was trying to show someone trying to fit an impossible amount of stock into a refrigerator.
“ The purpose of the photo was to show that sometimes at work you put these Herculean tasks in front of you and she was playing a game of Tetris trying to get every possible can in the fridge, ” he told ABC -radio.
“All I can do is apologize unconditionally, because taking a picture of someone without asking first is a fundamental principle that a Member of Parliament should be able to adhere to.”
Mr. Laming has also admitted to harassing two women on Facebook, leading her to consider suicide according to one of them.
He apologized in Parliament last week, but later appeared to retract the apology in a radio interview, claiming that he was only asking the ‘tough questions’ of the women.
“If they don’t answer those questions, you’d expect those questions to be asked over and over,” Mr. Laming said.
Sometimes it is much easier to answer the question. That didn’t happen and now of course it’s reinvented in intimidation. ‘
The controversial MP will remain in parliament until the next election, which he will not contest again
Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks at the internal calls for Mr Laming to leave the Liberal Party while the government remains in power with a worn-out majority.
Mr Morrison said the Queenslander had committed to taking a conduct course.
“He has to come back with a very different attitude and very different behavior,” the prime minister told reporters.
Women Minister Marise Payne described Mr Laming’s response as the minimum.
Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson broke ranks to call for Mr Laming to be kicked out of the coalition, leaving the government in a minority.
‘The question for him is whether he wants to leave the Liberal Party. I feel uncomfortable when he’s in the party room, ” she told Seven Network on Monday.
Mr. Laming accused Alix Russo (left) of embezzling money at a homeless charity, while Sheena Hewlett (right) said she was forced to contact the police after claiming Mr. Laming was in the bushes and took pictures of her in a public park.
Social Affairs Minister Anne Ruston, who has added women’s safety to her role, does not want to say whether she would be happy if the disgraced MP returns to the coalition.
“Let’s see if Mr. Laming understands the impact of his actions, because I think he needs to understand that before returning to the banquet hall,” she told the ABC.
Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the government response in either direction was not good enough.
“There is no role for Andrew Laming in parliament with this history of human abuse and trolling and bullying and belittling people and possibly criminal issues at play,” he said.