Report finds Melbourne ex-mayor misconduct

March 13, 2018

Melbourne councillors have been handed an interim investigation report into ex-Mayor Robert Doyle.

Former Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle groped female councillors and tried to kiss one after drinking "substantial amounts of red wine", an independent investigation has found.

The partial report, which backs allegations of sexual harassment by former councillor Tessa Sullivan and her town hall colleague Cathy Oke, was released on Tuesday but the full 100-page report will not be released for privacy reasons.

Four findings were made against Mr Doyle: that he grabbed Ms Sullivan's breast in his chauffeur-driven mayoral car after a meeting on May 2; that he repeatedly stroked Ms Oke's thigh at a council dinner in 2014; he tried to kiss Ms Oke in his office after a meeting in late 2016 or early 2017; and in all cases he acted after drinking red wine.

Mr Doyle, who resigned as lord mayor after the allegations were levelled, has strenuously denied all claims.

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