Sarah Hanson-Young takes legal action against Sky News

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 2 July 2018

Greens party South Australia senator Sarah Hanson-Young has revealed that she intends to pursue legal action following remarks made by Liberal senator David Leyonhjelm.

Over the weekend, Leyonhjelm appeared on Sky News' Outsiders program hosted by Rowan Dean and Ross Cameron.

During the interview, he alluded to previous comments he made in parliament, which included him yelling at her to "stop shagging men" across the room.

News Corp-owned Sky News found itself in hot water after it featured further sexist comments through on-screen captions.

Despite News Corp and Sky apologising, in a statement from the Greens, Hanson-Young has revealed she is now pursuing legal action.

"I am seeking legal advice in relation to the commentary between Senator David Leyonhjelm and the hosts of both the Sky News Outsiders program and 3AW Weekend Breakfast broadcast on Sunday, July 1," she said.

"Comments made by Senator Leyonhjelm about me and broadcast on these two shows are reprehensible, hurtful, and no woman, whether in public or in the privacy of her own home deserves them."

She also called on Leyonhjelm to resign, urging him to do the "decent thing".

A spokesperson for Hanson-Young confirmed that the legal action was being taken directly to Sky News, 3AW and Leyonhjelm.

AdNews contacted News Corp, which stated it would not be commenting further on the matter.

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