Kapiti Coast councillor charged with indecent assault
Kapiti Coast councillor David Scott has been arrested and charged after allegations that he pressed himself against a female council staffer, in front of the mayor.
Scott, 71, will appear in Porirua District Court on Friday on one count of indecent assault.
It was alleged he put his hands on the hips of a senior manager and pressed himself against her from behind at a morning tea at the council's headquarters in Paraparaumu earlier this month.
The woman was reportedly talking to Kapiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan when the alleged incident happened.
Scott confirmed on Thursday that he was interviewed by police on Wednesday night.
"I've been charged in relation to the complaint made against me, which is false," he said. "I've been told a personal assistant and the mayor are witnesses against me."
He said he squeezed his way into a room crammed full of people after a council meeting that had lasted more than four hours.
"I excused myself to get through, and was in the room for two minutes to get something to eat. I've never come across anything like this before.
"I haven't slept for a month since when the article first came out, and went around the world. My family are devastated, along with my grandchildren.
"I've had an unblemished record for over 70 years, and the way I've been treated doesn't seem fair to me."
He has said previously that he believed the council was trying to force him to resign over the incident because he was the lone voice of dissent around the council table, which had included voting against a pay rise for the chief executive.
"Unfortunately sometimes you do make enemies amongst the staff because they do make errors in their work, and then they can go on and do this."
The districtwide councillor, who is a member of several committees involving governance and finance, said he intended to plead not guilty through his barrister, Hugh Rennie QC.
Gurunathan has been contacted for comment.