While an embattled Queensland MP facing expulsion from the LNP was denying claims of revolting behaviour and insisting he just took a few selfies with a teenager, another lodged a complaint against him.
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan has been suspended from the Liberal National Party over his alleged behaviour towards an 18-year-old woman. He is expected to be expelled when the party’s executive meets on Friday.
The LNP has not detailed her claim, but media reports say the MP’s conduct with her while on holiday had left her “traumatised by his revoltingness”.
A second, separate complaint was lodged with the LNP on Thursday, about the same time Mr Costigan was telling reporters that he had done nothing wrong.
The second complaint involved a 20-year-old woman, who had been 19 at the time, an LNP spokesman told AAP.
It is understood the LNP is expecting more complaints.
Mr Costigan could not be reached for comment about the second young woman, but had strenuously denied bad behaviour with the first teen after she turned up at a house he had been visiting.
“It’s utter crap,” Mr Costigan said in Mackay.
“Yeah, we took some selfies. How many of you people know I love a selfie, love a photo, put the old arm around, you all know that.”
The MP denied being shirtless with the girl, saying he had pulled his favourite rugby jumper on when she arrived.
“The young lady at the centre of this … she was there for about half an hour or so, and nothing bad happened, nothing sinister happened,” the MP said.
“It sounds like a great story. It is a great story, I’m an old journo, it’s a cracker of a yarn except it’s BS – shirtless encounter!”
Mr Costigan said he’d spoken with a defamation lawyer and would be pursuing the matter “like there’s no tomorrow.”
Earlier, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said Mr Costigan didn’t have the morals to be in the party.
“As a mum of three girls I can tell you, it made my skin crawl … the allegation makes me feel sick,” she said.
The teenager’s family’s complaint has been referred to police in another state, Ms Frecklington said.
The LNP disputes committee has found the MP’s conduct breached the party’s constitution and recommended his expulsion.
Mr Costigan raised eyebrows last year when he posted a video online of himself with two women in swimwear to mark World Bikini Day.