Mr Heydon, who is without doubt one of the nation’s pre-eminent authorized minds, sexually harassed six younger feminine associates over the course of a number of years, an unbiased inquiry by the court docket discovered.
An investigation by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald additionally uncovered additional allegations from senior authorized figures of predatory behaviour by Mr Heydon, together with a decide who claims that he indecently assaulted her.
On Monday, Mr Heydon denied the claims by way of his attorneys Pace and Stracey, who issued a press release.
“In respect of the confidential inquiry and its subsequent confidential report, any allegation of predatory behaviour or breaches of the legislation is categorically denied by our consumer,” it mentioned.
Mr Bornstein denied that Mr Heydon didn’t have a good listening to over the allegations made towards him, stating that the investigation into his conduct was commissioned and reviewed by a few of the most gifted authorized minds in Australia.
The ladies declare that Mr Heydon’s standing as some of the highly effective males within the nation protected him from being held accountable for his actions.
Mr Bornstein mentioned his shoppers lived in “visceral worry of Dyson Heydon’s energy”.
“My shoppers, once they commenced work on the Excessive Courtroom, had been one of the best and brightest graduates of legislation colleges from round Australia. To their horror, they had been sexually harassed by a decide of the Excessive Courtroom.”
He additionally mentioned one among his shoppers had disclosed the conduct to a different lawyer for the Excessive Courtroom however that the grievance was not acted on by the administration of the court docket.
“We’re ashamed that this might have occurred on the Excessive Courtroom of Australia,” mentioned Chief Justice Susan Kiefel in a press release. She confirmed that the prolonged investigation discovered that “the Honourable Dyson Heydon, AC, QC” harassed six former workers members.
The Excessive Courtroom inquiry was prompted by two of the decide’s former associates notifying Chief Justice Kiefel in March 2019 that that they had been sexually harassed by Mr Heydon.
Mr Heydon was on the Excessive Courtroom bench from 2003-13 and in 2014 was appointed by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott to run the Royal Fee into Commerce Union Governance and Corruption.
David Estcourt is a court docket and common information reporter at The Age.