A headline you don’t recover from

The headline in the NZ Herald:

on kiss with press secretary: ‘I did not take my pants off’

Well that’s a headline you need therapy to recover from.

Talking of therapy:

Details have emerged in court about a restraining order granted to Colin Craig’s former press secretary against a counsellor she alleges posted confidential information about her in a blog post.

The Herald can reveal that was granted a restraining order in the Waitakere District Court against in May this year.

The order and the reasons for it were discussed in open court today, during day 12 of Craig’s High Court defamation trial. …

Taylor is an associate of Craig and a former Conservative Party candidate.

He was the moderator for his allegedly defamatory pamphlet “Dirty Politics and Hidden Agendas”.

He is also a counsellor and the director of 24-7 Limited which, according to the company’s website, offers counselling and mediation to individuals, couples and families.

Sometime after MacGregor quit and following the speculation that followed about her shock departure a blog post appeared on the internet containing extremely personal information about her, including information she alleges she disclosed to Taylor.

The author of the post has never been firmly identified but MacGregor, when applying to the courts for the restraining order, alleged it was Taylor.

Williams’ lawyer Peter McKnight asked Craig about Taylor and the blog, which has been removed from the internet. Craig indicated that he knew about it and Taylor’s alleged connection to it.

Craig claimed MacGregor and Taylor were “close friends” but had a “falling out”, which he believed was about money.

Craig said he knew about the restraining order but did not know the details.

“I am aware it was quite an acrimonious falling out. I am aware there is some type of order,” he told the jury.

McKnight asked Craig if Taylor had posted the blog and if he had disclosed information MacGregor had divulged during a counselling session. …

Craig said he had seen the blog post and it contained “quite a bit of factual information” but “it was a terrible thing to do”.

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