Escorts' files 'name MP' Craig Thomson
- From: The Australian
- August 25, 2011
The manager of the escort agency has told The Australian that its records show the company provided services booked in the name of "Craig Thomson" at Melbourne's Pacific International Suites in November 2005 and at "The Grand", most likely the Grand Hyatt, in December 2006.
When pressed for further details, the manager provided The Australian with the contact mobile number allegedly used for the bookings. The number provided was the same as that used by Mr Thomson when he was head of the Health Services Union.
However, the manager said the agency no longer held the credit card details for payment because the transactions took place so long ago.
These alleged escort agency bookings in November 2005 and December 2006 have not been disclosed previously. They follow the reporting of phone records which show that in April 2006 and June 2006 calls were made from Mr Thomson's Melbourne hotel rooms to various escort agencies.
Mr Thomson did not return The Australian's calls yesterday. He has previously strongly denied all allegations of irregular spending after it was revealed that his union credit card was used to pay for escort services in Sydney.
The Melbourne escort agency manager yesterday requested anonymity both personally and for the agency, saying that the success of any escort business relied on discretion. The Australian was unable to independently verify if Mr Thomson was staying at those Melbourne hotels at the time of the alleged escort bookings.
However, an affidavit filed in court during the defamation proceedings Mr Thomson began and later dropped against Fairfax alleges that he frequented both of these hotels during other visits to Melbourne in 2006.
He stayed in the Grand Hyatt on April 5, 2006. Phone records filed in court show a call was made from his room to Young Blondes escort agency and later to Confidential Models escort agency. On June 7, 2006, a call was made from his hotel room at the Pacific International Suites to an escort agency called Bad Girls. The new claims relate to November 2005 and December 2006.
The Australian can confirm that Mr Thomson was in Melbourne in early December 2006, dining at the Melbourne Supper Club on December 4, when he paid a $960 bill with a Diners Club credit card.
He is also likely to have been in Melbourne in early November 2005 when a senior Health Services Union delegation attended a meeting of more than 700 unionists at the Dallas Brooks Hall.
"I continue to reject claims of wrongdoing," Mr Thomson said in a statement on Monday.
Additional reporting: Paul Maley