Inquiry Finds Australian Ex-judge Harassed Women

An independent inquiry commissioned by Australia’s High Court has found that one of its former judges, Dyson Heydon, sexually harassed six staff members.

The country’s top court apologized to the six women, saying it had been told of the allegations in 2019.

High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel said recommendations from the inquiry had been adopted, adding the findings were of “extreme concern” to all current members of the bench and their staff.

Lawyers for Mr. Heydon have “categorically” denied the allegations to Australian media. They stressed that the investigation was an “internal administrative inquiry… conducted without having statutory powers of investigation”.

Mr. Heydon, now aged 77, was appointed to the High Court bench in 2003 and served until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2013. Through his lawyers, he denied “emphatically any allegation of sexual harassment or any offence.”

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