Jordan Williams has beaten Colin Craig to the draw, filing defamation proceedings against Craig. This story broke this afternon via Twitter:
The Conservatives party saga continues.Jordan Williams has filed defamation proceedings against Colin Craig over his Dirty Politics brochure
Defamation proceedings also against Conservative office holders Nathaniel Heslop, Kevin Stitt and Angela Storr.
Williams: “Untrue and defamatory statements have been made about me and my conduct in relation to disturbing material I received” re Craig
Media reports followed (NZH 2:22 pm): Legal action taken against Colin Craig:
Lawyers for Jordan Williams have filed a statement of claim under the Defamation Act in the Auckland High Court against Mr Craig and Nathaniel Heslop, Kevin Stitt and Angela Storr, all officers of the Conservative Party.
In a statement, Mr Williams, an executive director of the lobby group the Taxpayers’ Union, said the action related to statements made by Mr Craig at a media conference on July 29, and a leaflet subsequently distributed to households across the country.
The claim seeks general damages of $250,000 and punitive damages of $50,000 in relation to Mr Craig’s statements at the media conference.
It also seeks general damages of $500,000 and punitive damages of $100,000 in relation to the leaflet.
While Craig threatened Williams did. Craig says that his action is still on it’s way.
Mr Craig said he expected to lodge his own legal action imminently, and was still committed to it and the reasons he had given for it.
“We are in the process of compiling our claims. I mean we have such a vast amount of material that we have got to go through, particularly from Mr Slater and Mr Stringer.
“We haven’t got an actual date by which we will file. Although I would expect it to be in the next week or two.”
And at about the same time (2:21 pm) Whale Oil also posted an announcement: BREAKING: Colin Craig defamation filed [UPDATED]
Mr Williams says, “Untrue and defamatory statements have been made about me and my conduct in relation to disturbing material I received relating to Mr Craig.”
“Reputation is important to me so I take very seriously any accusations that I have acted improperly or dishonestly. Ongoing public smears left unchallenged can gain currency even if they have low credibility.”
“I have made it extremely clear to Mr Craig that I have not made up any allegations or fabricated material, nor conspired to do the same with Messrs Slater and Stringer.”
“Though this is not a course I take lightly, I am confident in my position and look forward to due process in Court.”
I have instructed defamation specialists Peter McKnight and Ali Romanos to act for me in these proceedings and do not wish to make any further comment at this time.
And I posted this at 9:09 pm – been a busy day doing other things.