Robert Doyle: Woman allegedly groped by former mayor has 'nothing to gain' from speaking out

Robert Doyle: Woman allegedly groped by former mayor has 'nothing to gain' from speaking out

Robert Doyle: Woman allegedly groped by former mayor has 'nothing to gain' from speaking out

Updated 9 February 2018, 13:15 AEDT

A woman who has accused former Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle of groping her at a gala event says she is not a liar, and has nothing to gain from exposing the alleged harassment.

A woman who has accused former Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle of groping her at a gala event has said she is not a liar, and has nothing to gain from exposing the alleged harassment.

Carla, who did not want to use her last name, told ABC Radio Melbourne that she first met Mr Doyle at the Melbourne Health Gala in June 2016, when he was chairman of the hospital board.

She was seated to the left of Mr Doyle — who is now the subject of two separate conduct investigations from the City of Melbourne and the Department of Health.

"It was halfway in conversation that he placed his hand on my thigh ... It was not accidental. It was intentional," Carla said.

"I found that each time he placed his hand on my thigh, he left it there for longer. And it appeared to be creeping up my leg, very close to my, I can't even say it. My groin.

"I was concerned that it would go beyond that. Beyond, right near my, my genitals."

The groping allegedly took place metres away from Carla's fiance, who worked for Melbourne Health, and his daughter.

She said the alleged touching distressed her, and she started taking long breaks in the bathroom before swapping seats with her partner for the rest of the evening.

Her partner contacted the man running the council's investigation, Dr Ian Freckelton QC, after allegations emerged against the former lord mayor from two fellow councillors.

Mr Doyle has since resigned and continues to strenuously deny the allegations.

The ABC has contacted him for comment.

Carla said Mr Doyle's denials during his resignation had compelled her to speak out in public.

"There are comments this week from Robert Doyle, from members of the public, they're alleging that the women, including myself, that have come forward are liars," she said

"And I'm here today to say that I am not lying. I have no reason, I've got nothing to gain. I've just had enough."

She said she was not in a position to speak out against the alleged assault on the night it happened.

"Many women, and I'm just speaking for myself, can't say no. I was seated beside the Lord Mayor. I felt incredibly intimidated.

"And the reality is if the Lord Mayor didn't touch me inappropriately, I wouldn't be here. I would not have made a complaint."

'Doyle report should be made public'

Carla called for the independent report into the Mr Doyle's conduct commissioned by the City of Melbourne to be released.

Last week the council announced the report had been delayed due to Mr Doyle's ill health.

"If the report is made public, which I think it should, I would feel a bit more confident about the process," she said.

"But the signs thus far point to, that the report won't be released. And I think that will be a great shame."

Mr Doyle has also been accused of "questionable behaviour" by two students at Geelong College from when he was a teacher between 1978 and 1982.

Geelong College has passed on information to Victoria Police.

Mr Doyle's legal team said they knew nothing about the allegations by the former Geelong College students.

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