Helen Craig: 'I wanted to deck my husband'
Colin Craig's wife has told a court she wanted to "deck" her husband when she read a letter he wrote to his former press secretary, in which he apologised for looking down her top.
In the letter dated November 2011, Craig referred to a low-cut top of Rachel MacGregor's, saying, "My eyes went where they shouldn't have gone," and asking for her forgiveness.
Helen Craig later read the letter in evidence, and has described her emotional reaction.
The former Conservative Party leader and Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater are suing each other for defamation at the Auckland High Court.
In a series of articles on his blog, Slater alleged Craig had sexually harassed MacGregor, which Craig denies.
On Monday, during week two of the trial, Craig called his wife as a witness.
In her brief of evidence, Helen Craig described the impact of the allegations published on Whaleoil.
"It was like a nightmare scenario, where we were both caught up in a vicious vortex of allegations," she said.
"It felt like this was a triumph of lies over truth. I struggled then and still do now to accept how something so unjust could happen."
Helen Craig said close friends and a family member had believed the "falsehoods," and a client had even terminated their contract with one of the Craigs' businesses due to his reputation.
Helen Craig described one article published on Whaleoil she'd found particularly offensive, which had been titled, It's all about the money dum dum.
"[Slater] said essentially the only reason I was standing by Colin was for money. He also said I wouldn't be so supportive 'once the sext bombs start dropping'."
Under cross examination by Slater's lawyer Brian Henry, she was asked to recall her reaction to Craig's November 2011 letter.
"I wanted to deck my husband," she replied.
She said she wished Colin Craig hadn't written a series of letters to MacGregor, some of which included love poems.
"I didn't [deck him] by the way. I restrained myself," she later clarified.
Helen and Colin Craig have been married for 25 years and have two adopted children. Together they started the property management business Centurion.