Elder care lawyer Kate Smith says she has been subjected to inappropriate sexual comments and inappropriate touching from former clients.
Key points:The allegations have rocked the industry and prompted calls for an independent inquiryThe attorney says she had to fight back tears as she spoke about the experienceMs Smith says her client was a good friend, who was on a regular basis with Mr GoudieMs Smith said she was sexually assaulted in her 40s when she worked as a private attorney for the late Mr Gaudie in the 1990s and 2000sMs Smith also says she felt pressured into the relationshipMr Goudi was a friend of the late Sir John Key, who she worked for in the late 1980s, but is also a former Prime Minister.
The attorney alleges Mr Geddie made sexual advances towards her in the early 1990s when they were both in private practice.
Ms Smith is now the sole woman in a bar in Wellington.
“I was sexually abused as a young woman.
I am very aware of how this has affected me and how it has affected others,” she said.”
It’s a long time ago and I have always been open about the incident, and I’ve talked about it with other women who were also in the industry at the time.”
But I’m a young lawyer, I’ve got a long way to go, and we need to make sure that our industry is safe for all women.
“Mr Geddi is due to appear in the High Court today.
The Attorney General’s Department declined to comment, but it said it was investigating allegations of misconduct by a lawyer in the Attorney General and that all complaints were investigated.
Ms Goudy has previously spoken out about sexual abuse allegations against other lawyers, including one in the 1980s.
In response to a request for comment from the ABC, Ms Smith said her client had not been contacted by the Attorney-General’s Department.”
She is in no way trying to hide her involvement in the sexual abuse of a young person,” she told the ABC.”
What she is saying is that there was a pattern of inappropriate behaviour and I was subject to inappropriate behaviour.
She’s not saying that she was involved in inappropriate behaviour, but she’s saying that there were times where she was subject and she wasn’t going to stop it.””
She was a lawyer.
She’s not saying that she was involved in inappropriate behaviour, but she’s saying that there were times where she was subject and she wasn’t going to stop it.”
Ms Smith has not spoken publicly about her allegations of abuse.
She said the recent allegations were upsetting, but not a distraction.
“The more people who are coming forward, the more people I know that are coming out of the shadows, the less likely this is going to go away,” she says.
ABC New Zealand’s Victoria Leitch contributed to this report.
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