With less than one week before the next general election, Independent candidate for Micoud North, Jeannine Compton-Antoine has come out to accuse former Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph of sexual assault.
She told supporters on Sunday at a public meeting that was the main reason she left the United Workers Party (UWP).
Compton-Antoine said the only person she ever discussed this with is her husband, but had been haunted for years of being told that she ‘abandoned the people,’ and left the party that her father founded.
The former MP recalled that the incident took place at the Ministry of Agriculture at Castries Waterfront, while she was there to speak with the then minister about issues farmers were being faced with in Micoud North.
Compton-Antoine claims that Joseph kept interrupting her whenever she was ready to speak about the problems her constituency was faced with at the time, and instead he started to “chat me up.”
When she decided to leave, Compton-Antoine said Joseph allegedly grabbed her.“He tried to take off my shirt and kiss me, and you are telling me that I must stay with people like that?”
Joseph has denied that the incident ever occurred and questioned if its true, why Compton-Antoine never spoke about this alleged sexual assault as a reason for leaving the UWP before, until now.
The UWP Babonneau candidate is seeking legal advice on the matter.