Embattled former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig claims he has been the subject of a dirty politics campaign, and is preparing to sue three people for defamation.
He's named Jordan Williams of the Taxpayers Union, former chair of the Conservative Party John Stringer and blogger Cameron Slater as those he will be suing, seeking damages of $300,000, $600,000 and $650,000 respectively.
Mr Craig has published a booklet detailing the "dirty politics agenda" he says he's been subjected to and how they have allegedly campaigned against him with "defamatory lies".
He says this is the first time he's sought damages in a defamation suit but has done so due to the "serious and deliberate" smear campaign by what he terms the "dirty politics brigade".
He again reiterated that he did not sexually harass his former press secretary, or any other person. He denied claims he's sent sexually explicit text messages saying, "I have never sent a sexually explicit text message in my life".
Mr Craig stepped down as leader of the fledgling party in June this year, following allegations he sexually harassed his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor, who resigned two days before the September 2014 election.
He then held a press conference, supported by his wife Helen, in which he dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct, instead admitting that "in hindsight, on some occasions our conduct was inappropriate and we have acknowledged that so that we can both move on".
Both Ms MacGregor and Mr Craig had signed a confidentiality agreement so the nature of what went on is unclear, but the pair's lawyers were in discussions about lifting that agreement.
The majority of the party's board resigned following Mr Craig's resignation, but a new board was expected to be elected from the party membership.
In the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll the Conservative Party was sitting at 0%, after polling 4.1% in the general election just 10 months ago.