James Ashby
James Ashby

Ashby feared he would be killed

UPDATE 7PM: James Ashby feared he would be killed after making sexual harassment claims against stood-aside speaker Peter Slipper.

A text message from a near 300-page long court document filed in federal court showed the former Slipper staffer feared for his life.

In a text message sent from Mr Ashby to a friend on April 11 this year, he wrote: "It's been a day from hell. I think it all came crashing down on me when the lawyers said they would like me to have 24hr security with me to avoid death."

"That really hit home what I'm dealing with. I broke down and had a bit of a teary moment with the journos today... the assassination remark hit a raw nerve.

"I really needed a drink tonight to take the edge off a very long day."  

More than 300 pages of text messages sent and received on James Ashby's phone have been filed in federal court.

James Ashby, a former Slipper staff member, is suing the stood-aside Speaker for sexual harassment.

The messages span a nine month period.

The documents have been released online. You can access them on the link below.

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What did you find most interesting in the documents? Email us at editorial@scnews.com.au

Hundreds of texts in Slipper case

HUNDREDS of text messages James Ashby and Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper sent each other filed in a Federal Court affidavit were meant to show the context of the pair's relationship, Mr Ashby's media advisor said yesterday.

The documents, filed in court on Friday but not publicly available, were leaked to a Fairfax journalist at the weekend by one of the several parties to the long-running case.

Fairfax Media reported the affidavit showed Mr Ashby had advised Mr Slipper to move to take over the coveted role of Speaker of the House of Representatives before he was employed by Mr Slipper.

Mr Ashby's media adviser and spokesman released a statement yesterday which said the 200 pages of text messages were meant to provide the court context of the relationship.

"The affidavit contains the details of all the text messages between Mr Ashby and Mr Slipper," the statement reads.

"It was introduced into evidence to show the full context of the communications between the two men. The Fairfax report does not do that."

The statement also said the affidavit was not supplied by Mr Ashby or his associates, emphasising numerous other parties to the case had access to the documents before their likely public release this week.

The case between Mr Ashby and Mr Slipper has not yet been resolved, despite efforts through confidential mediation, but yesterday was not yet scheduled for more hearings or mediation this week.



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