Bill Shorten cleared over Young Labor camp rape allegations
ALLEGATIONS of rape made against Bill Shorten have been dismissed by Victoria Police after an investigation which the Opposition leader says was a "deeply distressing time".
The allegations dated back to the 1980s when Mr Shorten was 19. Police began investigating the incident after a complaint was made last October.
"The claim has now been thoroughly and rigorously investigated by police, as is entirely proper. I freely answered all the questions that the police asked of me," Mr Shorten said when going public with the news today.
"Now the police investigation is concluded, I can make this statement. The easy option would be to say nothing, but that is not who I am.
"I am thankful for the love and support of Chloe, and the support of my staff and parliamentary colleagues.
"Others who were aware of the investigation have acted with the utmost integrity by leaving the police to do their job."
The woman who brought the allegation, who is now a nurse, said the incident took place at a Young Labor camp near Geelong back in 1986.
Mr Shorten, who said he heard about the claim via social media shortly after becoming leader of the Labor Party, declined to name the woman saying he just wanted to put the whole incident behind him.
"The police have now concluded the investigation. The decision speaks for itself. It is over. I have no intention of making any further comment," he said.
"In all fairness, I am entitled to draw a line on this."