AVO application against Labor’s Jamie Clements withdrawn

Labor powerbroker Jamie Clements, pictured with former premier Bob Carr last year. Photo: James AlcockNSW Labor powerbroker accused by stafferPolice decline to charge ALP bossJones resists ‘fishing expedition’

An application for an apprehended violence order against Labor powerbroker Jamie Clements – based on allegations he tried to kiss a female staffer – has been dropped.

Stefanie Jones, a former staff member in the office of Campbelltown Labor MP Greg Warren, reported in early August that Mr Clements had tried to kiss her in a room at NSW Parliament House on June 23 last year.

Ms Jones arrived at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday morning, accompanied by her barrister, former Liberal attorney-general Greg Smith, SC.

Police had sought the AVO on Ms Jones’ behalf, but told magistrate Robert Williams the application was now withdrawn.

Mr Clements, the state Labor Party’s general secretary, agreed to several undertakings on a no-admissions basis.

He has agreed not to contact Ms Jones, not to make derogatory comments about her, not to approach her, not to speak to her at Labor events, and only to enter Parliament House using a visitor’s pass.

Mr Clements was never charged with an offence, and disputed the allegations.

In a statement released after the short court appearance, Mr Clements said he welcomed the decision to drop the proceedings,” he said..

“I have co-operated fully through this process and am pleased it has reached a resolution which allows all involved to move forward.

“I have always contested the version of events which has been publicly reported and the agreement reached today is without admission on my part.

“Having had discussions with my family and colleagues, I have decided this is the best way to move forward and focus on the challenges of 2016.”

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