In January 2020, former Attorney General Christian Porter officially divorced his second wife, Jennifer Porter. The reasons for the divorce were not revealed, but at the time, the former attorney made headlines after ABC show Four Corners did an exposé on Porter.
He was caught being intimate with a female staffer in Canberra’s Public bar in 2017.
According to the show, eyewitness Rachelle Miller, a Liberal media advisor at the time, claimed Porter and the mystery lady were “cuddling and kissing.”
However, Porter denied the allegations and iterated to The West Australian that Miller’s account was inaccurate and denied having a relationship with the woman.
“What wasn’t a fair cop was Four Corners’ description of an interaction in a crowded bar in Canberra in 2017 with another person,” wrote Porter.
In 2018, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull banned married and single ministers from sexual relations with their staff.
Porter added that he neither violated any code of conduct nor had a relationship with any of his staff.
Christian Porter Was Not a Good Husband to Wife
Christian Porter denied the allegations but admitted he “failed to be a good husband” to his estranged wife.
‘I have been a failure at being a good husband in dealing with this job on many levels, and that is something I have to make amends for overtime to my kids and the one person who deserved so much better of me,’ he said.
The former attorney had fallen in love at first sight with his wife when he saw her in early 2004.
At the time, he was working as a prosecutor at the DPP while she was a law student and working as a summer clerk.
The pair had got married in 2008 and gushed about each other in an interview with Perth Now in 2011.
Porter shared that Jennifer had this amazing insight and could perceive the next level of things, almost like she had some supernatural powers. He also opened up about their life.
The former couple would spend half the weeknights after work at some function together, and the other half would have dinner and continue their work.
Christian Porter Moves On
In a joint statement, Porter and his former wife announced their divorce, sharing that it was a mutual decision. The former couple stated they would move on for each other and their family. They also stated that they would be co-parenting their kids amicably.
After the divorce, news.com.au reported that Christian Porter had moved on with criminal lawyer Karen Espiner n June 2021. The outlet reported that Porter had confirmed his relationship with the Sydney-based criminal law specialist.
Espiner was previously awarded Criminal Law Partner of the Year in the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards.
Porter’s new girlfriend was supportive while the minister was dealing with his defamation case against ABC News following an article by reporter Louise Milligan who accused him of sexual assault.
“Obviously, over the last few months, I have been one of many people who have provided Christian with a lot of support, but I have not been involved in the defamation proceedings in any legal capacity,” Espiner told Nine newspapers CBD column.