New South Wales Attorney-General Josh Frydenberg has announced he will sue the woman who accused a man of raping her in 2009.
The former wife of the man is seeking $2.7 million in damages from Mr Frydenbrough for breaching his duty of care.
Mr Frydenbegs claims the woman was raped by the man, a lawyer named in the complaint, in a Sydney hotel room in September 2009.
In December 2010, the woman’s ex-husband sued the man for defamation.
A judge in the case in March 2014 dismissed the case, ruling it was a “public trust” and that Mr Frydens “duty of care” had not been breached.
“He was advised by the lawyers who represent the accused that there was nothing in the matter to support the complainant’s claims that the alleged offence occurred,” Judge Michael Wilson said at the time.
He also said there was no evidence the alleged rape occurred.
The Attorney-general said he was “deeply disappointed” by the decision and that he would file a defamation action against Mr Frydes and his legal team.
Mr Frydings lawyers said they were confident the case would be heard by the High Court, but did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The NSW Law Society says it has received a number of submissions on the matter, including from Mr Justice Michael D’Antonio.
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