Bob Hawke Reportedly Ordered His Daughter To Keep Rape Allegations Secret

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke's daughter, Rosslyn Dillon, has claimed she was raped by one of Hawke's Victorian colleagues and then told to keep quiet about the alleged assault.

The New Daily reports Dillon made the claims in an affidavit lodged with the NSW Supreme Court as part of her $4 million claim on Hawke's estate.

In the court documents, Dillon alleges former Victorian politician Bill Landeryou raped her three times in 1982.

She said she is "still haunted" by the series of alleged sexual assaults and said not reporting them was the biggest sacrifice she made for her father's political career.

Bob Hawke and his daughter Rosslyn Dillon. Image: AAP.

In the affidavit, Dillon claimed she spent a significant amount of time in Landeryou's office while she was employed with the Labor party. She also claims that's where the alleged sexual assaults took place.

"He forced me to perform sexual acts. These included him penetrating me with his penis," Dillon said in the document.

Bill Landeryou. Image: Twitter/André Haermeyer.

Dillon said she told Hawke about the alleged rapes and told him she wanted to report them to the police.

Hawke apparently told her to keep the allegations a secret, as he was preparing to challenge Bill Hayden for the leadership of the Labor party.

"You can't go to the police. You can't. I can't have any controversies right now. I am sorry but I am challenging for the leadership of the Labor Party," Hawke responded, according to the affidavit.

Bob Hawke as Labor Party leader in 1983. Image: AAP.

Bill Landeryou died earlier this year and was honoured with a state funeral in Melbourne in March. He had a significant role in Hawke becoming Labor Party leader in 1983.

It was reported in July this year that Dillon was planning to take legal action against Hawke's second wife Blanche d'Alpuget over a dispute in his will.

Bob Hawke died in May this year, just two days before the 2019 federal election.

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