One Nation's Steve Dickson quits over strip club scandal
One Nation senate candidate Steve Dickson has offered his resignation to Pauline Hanson after footage emerged of him groping dancers and making disparaging comments about a woman in a Washington DC strip club.
The statement reads that his wife is standing by him and he is "deeply remorseful for my disrespectful comments towards women".
"I found the footage difficult to watch as my words and actions under intoxication and in that environment, are not a true reflection of myself," Nine's Today Show said the statement said.
Mr Dickson was also caught saying "I've done more Asian than I know what to do with" and that strip clubs are better in the Philippines because women dance on top of the bars and "then take everything off", the footage recorded by Al Jazeera during an undercover investigation shows.
Dickson’s behaviour towards the dancer continued to deteriorate as he made a graphic request that she declined and claimed she had wanted to “come home” and perform a sex act.
Dickson was also filmed saying “I think white women **** a whole lot better, they know what they’re doing. Asian chicks don’t”.
Pauline Hanson has called an early morning press conference at her property in Queensland, where the Courier-Mail says a "disgusted" One Nation leader where she was expected to sack Mr Dickson.
The recording was captured by an undercover journalist and was leaked to Nine's A Current Affair which broadcast the footage on Monday night.
Al Jazeera has said in a statement overnight that it had not run the footage in its report and condemns the "unauthorised use of its material."
The footage comes more than a month after the Al Jazeera investigation released footage from a meeting between Mr Dickson, Senator Hanson's chief of staff James Ashby and the National Rifle Association in Washington, DC in September 2018.