James Ashby – Sex and text scandal resurfaces on 60 minutes.
It’s been 2 and a half years – court battles – sexual harassment, travel fraud and conspiracies since James Ashby has been on the media radar.
James Ashby was the man at the centre of dramatic political events, but broke his silence last night on 60 Minutes.
James had worked at a number of markets including Rockhampton, Townsville and Newcastle. It was at NX FM when he first hit headlines in 2002 after being charged by police for harassing another talent at opposition station NEW FM.
Move along a number of year later, and James landed the $160k a year job of media advisor for Sunshine Coast Federal Member Peter Slipper.
Peter Slipper was appointed the Speaker in the House of Representatives. Peter’s defection from the Liberal/National Party allowed the Labor Government to stay in office.
During his time working with Peter Slipper, James Ashby alleges that he was bombarded with sexually explicit texts from the member.
He then went on and took Peter Slipper to court alleging sexual harassment and breach of contract, only to drop the case earlier this year.
But bombshell James dropped last night goes a lot deeper into the current Tony Abbot led government.
At the centre, Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. He is the one who allegedly encouraged James to lay charges against Peter Slipper in the first place, offering to cover his legal fees and find him a job in state politics if the court case went ahead.
Ashby told 60 Minutes Liz Hayes that Christopher Pyne. said:
‘You’re a braver man than I am,’
“If you discuss or tell anyone we’ve had this discussion, I’ll be forced to come out publicly and call you a pathological liar.”
You can view the full 60 Minutes story online here.