In an explosive interview with 60 Minutes last night, Ashby also implicated Education Minister Christopher Pyne in a ‘plot’ to bring down Slipper, saying Pyne offered him a lawyer and assured him a job in state politics in exchange for going public with the harrassment claims.
Ashby, 35, alleges that his employer, Slipper, 64, sent him sexually explicit texts when he started working for him as a political adviser in 2010.
While Ashby ultimately dropped the Federal Court case against Slipper in June, he renewed the harassment allegations in last night’s interview.
Ashby told 60 Minutes‘ Liz Hayes that he spoke to Liberal National Party MP Wyatt Roy about the harassment, and that Mr Roy subsequently spoke to Mr Pyne on his behalf.
Ashby told 60 Minutes he showed Roy the sexually explicit texts and that “he (Roy) was shocked. He didn’t know what to do”.
“He had no idea. And he said to me that he would have to ask someone else. And he suggested to me the only person he could trust was Christopher Pyne,” Ashby said.
Ashby told 60 Minutes, “Wyatt said to me, ‘Once I speak to Christopher I’ll get you the information, which will help you make that complaint.”
The former staffer said he went to Mr Pyne’s parliamentary office under the guise of collecting a bottle of wine, prior to lodging his sexual harassment complaint with the courts.