A former friend of the woman who is at the center of a historical rape allegation against Attorney General Christian Porter has come forward under oath to testify to every request for “relevant conversations” that he has made during her more than 30- years of friendship with her

James Hooke, now a senior executive at Macquarie, is mentioned in the women’s diary of the late 1980s and said he made a public statement Friday after being repeatedly contacted by the media

“I am still devastated by the untimely death of my very dear friend and I am tremendously concerned for the privacy and dignity of her family, “said Hooke

“I’ve known them all for about 30 years. We are all at a very exciting time”

Mr Porter is on mental health vacation after vigorously denying claims he raped the girl when she was 16 in 1988 when he was 17

The woman turned to the New South Wales Police Department last year, but informed officers that she did not want to pursue the complaint shortly thereafter. The next day, she committed suicide

New South Wales Police have confirmed they are not investigating the allegation as there is no admissible evidence

“Mine is just a collection of memories, and I am aware of the fallibility of human memory, even if it is unintentional,” Hooke said

“Nonetheless, I think I have clear memories of relevant discussions I had with [the woman] over the years from mid-1988 until her death

“In my opinion, I also have clear memories of relevant discussions that I had with Christian Porter from April 1992 in Perth to the mid-1990s”

Mr. Hooke does not indicate what the discussions were about, but said he was willing to provide details of the discussions

“In relation to any criminal prosecution, Christian Porter was clearly and appropriately entitled to the presumption of innocence – this is essential to the rule of law,” he said

“In relation to any investigation into the important non-criminal aspects of this matter, I support an investigation such as that conducted by either three respected retired judges after Judge Lionel Murphy was acquitted of charges, or by Dr Vivienne Thom allegations about justice Heydon

“As at his press conference on 3 March found the attorney general is on vacation, “said a spokesman in a statement

The Macquarie manager seemed to throw a blow at the media in his statement and the manner in which the allegation was published

“While I wholeheartedly support freedom of the press, I don’t think the media is the best forum to investigate a situation of this sensitivity and importance,” said Hooke

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller was asked about Mr Hooke’s intervention during a valued Parliament hearing on Friday afternoon

Green MLC David Shoebridge asked Commissioner Fuller if he would return to investigate to reopen the investigation if they hadn’t already spoken to Mr. Hooke

“I am more than happy about this, I know it is a matter of Australian concern,” replied Commissioner Fuller

“I’m not going to say we’re reopening the case here on the file, but I’m more than happy to speak to Assistant Commissioner [David] Hudson and then down the chain of command to make sure all the information is there properly judged to arrive at [the decision] that there is insufficient admissible evidence to proceed

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