Liberal MP offered woman $100K to keep quiet about sexual harassment claim, father alleges

Liberal MP Darshan Singh Kang rises in the House of Commons Monday April 18, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Adrian Wyld
OTTAWA—A Liberal MP accused of sexually harassing a young female staffer offered to pay her $100,000 to stay quiet about her allegations, the woman’s father says.
The father outlined his daughter’s allegations against Darshan Kang, an MP from Calgary, during an interview Monday with the Star. He spoke on condition that their names not be published.
He said over a period of four to five years, Kang gave his daughter unwelcome hugs, held and stroked her hand during car rides, and once brought her in a taxi to an Ottawa apartment, where he allegedly offered her wine and pulled at her jacket to try to get her to take it off. The next day he followed her to her hotel and tried to get into her room to talk, the woman’s father alleged.
He said that Kang subsequently offered her a series of payments, which escalated to a total of $100,000, to prevent her from sharing the allegations with her parents.
Kang did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Monday.
None of the allegations has been proven.
The Star also contacted the alleged victim, who is 24 and worked in Kang’s constituency office in Calgary. She declined to speak on the record without consulting her lawyer.
“She’s very, very upset,” her father said. “She has so much … on her brain and she cannot sleep at night.”