Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has rigorously denied “malicious” allegations of domestic violence.
The Afghanistan veteran, who is Australia’s most decorated war hero, says the allegations, published by Fairfax, contained “lies, fabrications and misrepresentations.”
“The article… contains a catalogue of lies, fabrications and misrepresentations,” he said.
“It is the culmination of many months of malicious and highly damaging allegations, all of which will be vigorously defended.
“I do want to say today that I unequivocally deny any physical abuse of any woman at any time ever, and that I have not at any stage been interviewed by Police about any purported complaint by any woman.”
Mr Roberts-Smith, who works for Seven West Media, confirmed he would refute the allegations made against him.
“I am deeply troubled that alleged evidence given on oath before the IGADF (Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force) inquiry has been canvassed in the press and that Fairfax has allegedly accessed it,” he said.
“Not only is it illegal, it is unfair to people who haven’t given evidence and it has the potential to undermine the fairness of the inquiry.”
“If and when I am given the opportunity to defend each specific allegation, I am very confident that direct witnesses will categorically demonstrate the falsity of them all.”