Bridges remains stonewall over MP & # 39; s claims



National faction leader Simon Bridges continues to avoid answering some questions about accusations of rejected MP Jami-Lee Ross in the treatment of political donations.

The party today kicked out "Lone Wolf" Ross and said it would welcome a police investigation into his "unfounded" accusations of corruption.

Ross stopped the party today and said he planned to challenge a Botany selection as an independent candidate.

He also brought photos from Bridges on Twitter during a private dinner with Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun.

Bridges had the head on the questions of Heather du Plessis-Allan at Newstalk ZB & # 39; s Drive Show this afternoon, and refused to reply directly to the donations.

The leader of the national party was asked if he received a donation of $ 100,000 from Mr. Zhang, saying that he would not "honor" Ross's claims.

"I think it's incredibly important when we go through this stuff, what is it really that Jami-Lee Ross says at whatever level what I did wrong?" Said Bridges.

Du Plessis-Allan kept pressing Bridges on the subject, and urged him to answer immediately with a "yes or no" if the gift was offered to him.

After dodging the question several times, Bridges concluded that it was time for Ross to place his money on the spot and address his accusations.

"He should go to the police now, he should give everything he has and he should make it public," Bridges told Newstalk ZB.

"If he does, I will fully comply with all that and I know that there is absolutely no chance of success at the end of the road because I did not do anything wrong."

In a press conference in parliament this morning, Ross claimed that Bridges had instructed him to split the donation into smaller amounts to "hide" it.

Ross said the photo 's posted today show Bridges and Zhang at a private dinner on May 14 in which he also participated.

He also posted a Facebook post from Paul Goldsmith with photos from national party members and Zhang with a post.

"With this fundraising on 21 May, Simon Bridges received the donation of $ 100k and called me later in the evening with instructions to collect the money."

Ross said he was not with that job.

Earlier today, Ross said Bridges asked him for a donation of $ 100,000, which was then split into smaller amounts to supposedly "hide".

Ross later asked Bridges about the donation and picked up the conversation.

Ross said he would go to the police on Wednesday to file a complaint and allow them to hear the telephone conversation with Bridges.

He stressed that he did not think Zhang had done anything wrong.

Harassment accusations

Ross also said three weeks ago that he met Bridges to discuss four independent allegations of harassment against women.

He said he needed to be stripped of his wallets and dumped on the back seats, and when he tried to get more information, Bridges threatened him.

"I asked for details, I did not get any … He told me that if I kept asking for natural justice, it would not be just four women, it would be 15 women. & # 39;

This afternoon Bridges avoided direct questions from du Plessis-Allen, this time about the allegations of sexual harassment against Ross.

"Did you or did you not tell him that there were accusations of four women about sexual harassment?" She asked.

Bridges ignored the question and said: "This is not just a leak test, there is even a serious pattern of behavior with regard to Jami-Lee Ross".

"I took that to caucus and I talked about those things and caucus had a strong discussion about those things.

"I'm not going to go through and decide for you what the inappropriate serious behavior is because I do not think that's in someone's interest."

Ross placed two photo's of Bridges and Yikun on Twitter and said that on May 14th it was at a private dinner where he was.

Ross also posted a Facebook post from Paul Goldsmith with photos from national party members and Yikun on a function.

"With this fundraising on May 21, Simon Bridges received the donation of $ 100,000 and called me later in the evening with instructions to collect the funds," Ross said.

Ross said he was not with that job.

Earlier today, Ross said Bridges asked him for a donation of $ 100,000, which was then split into smaller amounts to supposedly "hide".

Ross later asked Bridges about the donation and picked up the conversation.

Ross said he would go to the police tomorrow to file a complaint and allow them to hear the telephone conversation with Bridges.

He stressed that he did not think that the businessman had done something wrong.


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