MP rejects assault allegation
By Alex Easton
LOCAL Greens MP Ian Cohen has lashed out at allegations he assaulted a woman, describing them as false and malicious.
The Northern Star yesterday reported Byron Bay police were investigating an MP over a complaint made in January, referring to an incident alleged to have happened in June last year.
The Sydney Daily Telegraph named Mr Cohen as the MP being investigated by police and identified Byron Bay woman Donna Davis as the person who made the complaint.
Police say they have laid no charges over the complaint and Mr Cohen says police have not interviewed him.
"The accusation in the Daily Telegraph is false, malicious and without foundation," Mr Cohen said.
"I strongly deny all such allegations, which were made eight months after the alleged incident.
"This type of attack is unfortunate and personally devastating.
"I have instructed my solicitor to bring proceedings for defamation in respect to these false accusations made to the media."
Police said it had taken some time for witnesses to come forward.
As a result of statements from those witnesses, detectives were now preparing to interview more people.