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David Leyonhjelm says he won't apologise for slut-shaming Sarah Hanson-Young

Oh no he didn't.

By Susannah Guthrie

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has said "yeah, nah" to suggestions he should apologise to Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young for talking about her sex life in front of the entire country.

He's also accused Hanson-Young of having a tendency to "collapse into floods of tears".

"Apologising in response to the outrage of a politically correct lynch mob would be insincere. Drawing attention to double standards and misandry is not wrong and does not warrant an apology," Senator Leyonhjelm said in a statement to several media outlets.

"It's obvious I am speaking on behalf of many colleagues and members of the public who, quite frankly, are heartily sick of Senator Hanson-Young's confected outrage, her gross generalisations, and her tendency to collapse in a flood of tears when those insults and gross generalisations are bluntly rejected."

David Leyonhjelm
David Leyonhjelm

Senator Leyonhjelm was responding to a legal notice issued by Senator Hanson-Young requesting he apologise and financially compensate her for the "hurt and embarrassment" he has caused her with a series of media interviews.

If he refuses to do so within a week, Hanson-Young said she would commence defamation action.

Hanson-Young is, of course, referring to when Leyonhjelm told her to "stop shagging men" during a Senate debate about violence against women. Appropriate.

When Hanson-Young shot back that he was a "creep", he told her to "f*ck off".

He claimed he was responding to Hanson-Young's "blatant misandry" and her suggestions that "all men are rapists".

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He then followed that up by doing a series of interviews with everyone from The Project to 3AW radio and refusing to back down on his original comment.

Now, he reckons her legal action is "without merit" and she is "wasting her time, money and endless reserves of outrage".

"Many Australian men are, like me, thoroughly fed up with being collectively blamed for the actions of a few sick individuals who assault, rape and murder. Many sensible women are fed up that the men in their lives face these kinds of accusations," Senator Leyonhjelm said.

#NotAllMen, basically.

Hanson-Young has the weight of Australia's women – and most of its men – behind her.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reckons Leyonhjelm should apologise (onya Malc) as does Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who said "every day that goes on he adds hurt to injury".

Meanwhile, former political adviser Peta Credlin issued a powerful statement on the issue, saying while she didn't agree at all with Hanson-Young's politics, she "backs her 100 per cent".