from Robert J Lee in Brisbane
Billy Gordon, the indigenous and invisible Member for the far northern Queensland seat of Cook, who shot to notoriety for sending SMS messages of his penis to several women, yesterday withdrew the complaint he made against Cairns woman, Christine Gibson.
In October Ms Gibson, 50, was charged with blackmail by police allegedly for demanding Mr Gordon give her $10,000 or she would show the media images of his penis.
Speaking on ABC radio this morning Mr Gordon said he had withdrawn the charges , in part, so he could “stay off the front pages for all the wrong reasons.”
After police charged Ms Gibson two other women came forward claiming they too had been sent lewd SMS messages of Mr Gordon’s appendage.
The solicitor acting for Ms Gibson, Paul Richardson, had asked police for copies of the statements from the two women who came forward, because they formed a part of the “factual matrix” of the case.
Mr Richardson said the requested documents had not been forthcoming and he planned to call for a directions hearing, however police offered no evidence at yesterday’s hearing in Cairns Magistrates Court and the case was dropped.
He said Ms Gibson was overjoyed with the decision. “She has been under significant stress and pressure since being charged.”
In defending claims on radio he is the “invisible member” Mr Gordon said he now planned to do his job as the state member and he hoped to visit his electorate helping constituents as best he could.