Top journalist Caroline Overington has denied hitting George Newhouse, the Labor candidate for the Sydney seat of Wentworth – but he insists he was slapped, and it hurt. …
A Labor campaigner, who witnessed the alleged slap, said Overington had her children with her.
“She came over and slapped him on the right side of the face as he was on the phone. It was really strong. It forced his head back. She then walked past him to vote.”
It was parental concern that inspired the exchange. A witness said Overington was upset that her children had read reports about an earlier email exchange between the two, which has been described as flirtatious. Mr Newhouse had replied that his children had been forced to read about their father, too.
Newhouse sources said the human rights lawyer had a host of witnesses for his account and had not decided whether to pursue assault charges, but he wanted to put the incident behind him as soon as possible.