Another woman has spoken up about the man who allegedly raped former ministerial staffer Brittany Higgins, stating that he had sexually harassed her while they were housemates.
Kriti Gupta has alleged the man sexually harassed her “whenever he drank”, and made her feel “unsafe”, according to The Australian. On one occasion in December 2019, he allegedly barged into Gupta’s bedroom at 3am and “demanded” to have sex with her.
Gupta reportedly lived with the man from October 2019 to February 2020, but only learned that he was Higgins’ alleged perpetrator on March 10.
She made a statement to the Australian Federal Police last week, and is the fifth woman to come forward with allegations about the man.
On February 15 news.com.au first aired Higgins’ allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a colleague at Parliament House in 2019, in then defence industry minister Linda Reynolds’ office.
By February 22, two other women had accused the man of sexually assaulting them, while another woman alleged he had sexually harassed her.
Gupta’s story has been aired one week after the March 4 Justice, which saw tens of thousands of people participate in rallies across the country, protesting against the sexual harassment and assault of women in Australia.
The rallies were sparked by Higgins’ allegations, as well as historical rape allegations made against Attorney-General Christian Porter.