Tasmanian Liberal candidate Adam Brooks has vowed to take legal action over allegations he created a fake dating profile under the name Terry Brooks and misled a woman about his identity during their relationship.
Brooks, who is on track to be elected to state parliament, issued a vehement denial on Tuesday afternoon, after allegations he used a fake Victorian driver’s licence were referred to Tasmania police.
Ahead of Saturday’s state election, the ABC reported claims from a Sydney woman who alleged she had met Brooks on a dating website, where he called himself Terry, and he allegedly showed her a VicRoads driver’s licence bearing that name.
The ABC reported the woman alleged Brooks said he was an engineer who lived in Melbourne during their eight-month relationship.
Tasmania police has confirmed it had been contacted by the Victorian transport department.
“Tasmania police has been contacted by VicRoads in relation to their investigation into a possible fraudulent licence and will provide assistance to Victorian authorities if needed.”
In a statement on his Facebook page posted on Tuesday, Brooks indicated he would be taking legal action over the reports.
He said he would not be “providing a running commentary or responding to private and personal questions”, and said he will be “pursuing legal recourse against suggestions that I have acted against the law and I categorically deny any such allegation”.
“I am aware of deliberate attempts to misrepresent, fabricate and distort certain aspects of my personal life in a sustained attempt to politically damage me during and after this campaign,” he said.
“I also reinforce my previous statements in relation to false accusations. Due to this I will not be commenting on any of these as I am instructing my solicitor to begin legal action against organisations and certain individuals.”
The Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, has stood by the former mining minister. A day before the election he said it could have been a case of someone using Brooks’ photos on a dating site because he is “a good-looking guy”. On Tuesday Gutwein said in a statement the allegations were “deeply concerning”.
“I spoke to [Brooks] this morning and he continues to deny them, as he has done from the time they were first raised,” he said.
“Mr Brooks has advised he is pursuing his legal options, and I note it has been reported that certain aspects of the matter will be referred to Tasmanian police for investigation. Given these circumstances it is not appropriate for me to comment further at this time.”
Although the results of Saturday’s election are yet to be finalised, Brooks appeared to have secured enough votes in his electorate in the state’s north-west to return.
The Liberals are edging closer to securing a one-seat majority in the lower house with Gutwein reiterating a pledge on Monday to resign if he could not govern in majority.