Bill Shorten cleared of historic sex assault - AU Copy
Labor leader Bill Shorten MP cleared of historic rape claim

Labor leader Bill Shorten has revealed he has been cleared after a police investigation into a historic sex assault allegation.

Shorten was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a Victorian Labor Camp, near Geelong, in the 1980's - a claim he described as 'abhorrent'.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing following a Victoria Police probe, which decided not to go ahead with criminal charges.

Mr Shorten said the allegation was made against him on social media when he was elected opposition leader last year.

"I will not go into the details except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent," he told reporters in Melbourne.

The allegation was made by someone he knew briefly at that time.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has denied historic sex assault claims. Photo: Getty

Mr Shorten said he had been thoroughly and vigorously investigated by police and he fully cooperated to clear his name.

He freely answered all questions.

"The easy option would be to say nothing but that is not who I am," he said.


Mr Shorten said it had been deeply distressing and he was thankful for the love and support of his wife Chloe and backing of staff and colleagues.

"This has been deeply distressing for my family. I am thankful for the love and support of Chloe, and the support of my staff and parliamentary colleagues. Others who were aware of the investigation have acted with the utmost integrity by leaving the police to do their job.

"The police have now concluded the investigation. The decision speaks for itself. It is over. I have no intention of making any further comment," he said.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has thanked his wife, Chloe, for support during the investigation over historic sex claims. Photo: Getty

Victoria Police confirmed the allegation had been investigated and the advice from prosecutors was that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

"All parties have been notified that Victoria Police will not be proceeding with criminal charges," police said in a statement.



Bill Shorten's statement in full:

"Late last year I learned that a claim had been made about me, going back to when I was 19. It was made on social media, when I was elected opposition leader.

"I will not go into details, except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent. the allegation was made by someone I knew briefly at that time.

"There is absolutely no basis for the claim. The claim has now been thoroughly and rigorously investigated by police, as is entirely proper.

"I fully cooperated to clear my name. And that is what I have done. I freely answered all questions the police asked of me.

"Now the police investigation has concluded, I can make this statement.

"This has been deeply distressing for my family. I am thankful for the love and support of Chloe, and the support of my staff and parliamentary colleagues. Others who were aware of the investigation have acted with the utmost integrity by leaving the police to do their job.


"The police have now concluded the investigation. The decision speaks for itself. It is over. I have no intention of making any further comment."

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