FORMER Green Party Senator Dan Boyle came under fire last night for saying $3,000 for a hotel room “isn’t all that far behind” the alleged sexual assault of a maid by IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The party chairman wrote on his Twitter account: “Strauss-Kahn sexual assault allegations are of course of the utmost seriousness, but paying $3,000 for a hotel room isn’t all that far behind.”
Mr Boyle was inundated with comments.
“Way to belittle sexual assault, eh?” wrote one.
Mr Boyle made a number of attempts to defend what he had said, at one point replying: “Of course I believe sexual assault is far more serious, which is what I said.”
One poster put it to him that: “You could have made that point any number of ways.” He replied: “Maybe. But many will deliberately choose to misinterpret anything I say.”
Last night Mr Boyle said he was conscious the allegations against the IMF head were serious and upsetting and he accepted his phraseology was “not the best”.
“I was trying to make a point that the additional obscenity was $3,000 a night for a hotel room.”
He said the nature of Twitter is “provocative” and it was hard to make a point in 140 characters.
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