04 August 2010

Ex-CEO of David Jones to fight sex claims

Former David Jones CEO Mark McInnes has announced that he is returning to Sydney to “vigorously contest” sexual harassment charges laid against him, according to reports.

Kristy Fraser-Kirk, a former publicity co-ordinator for the department store, filed a claim on Monday that Mr McInnes had made unwelcome sexual advances towards her.

She is suing Mr McInnes for $2 million in punitive damages and the David Jones board for $35 million in punitive damages.

Mr McInnes, who moved to the US after resigning over the scandal in June, released a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald today admitting he had acted inappropriately.

“I have made mistakes and acknowledged those mistakes,” he said.

“Having said that, I reject many of the recent specific allegations and legally I have no other alternative than to vigorously contest them and I will.”

He apologised to all involved, “most particularly to the complainant,” and explained his swift resignation from David Jones.

"It is public record that I left the company as soon as practicable to try to minimise further impact and to allow the complainant to continue her career with David Jones and to allow David Jones to continue to focus on delivering shareholder value," he said.

Mr McInnes' partner Lisa Kelly, who is five months pregnant, is expected to return with him.

ninemsn 4 Aug 2010

Another example of how being in the 'boy's club' will most likely go unpunished.

This is how he admitted to the crime committed against the individual concerned.

It is NOT a matter of who is right or wrong BUT rather how many lawyers can be against the complainant.

How can a husband of an expecting wife ADMIT to adultery or sexual harassment ?

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