VIDEO: Scottish MP resigns over inappropriate
Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Frank McAveety was forced to resign as chairman of a parliamentary committee after his "inappropriate comments" about a 15-year-old girl with "that Filipino look" were overheard, reports Daily Mail and AFP via Google News.
McAveety left his microphone on when he told a committee clerk about a "very attractive girl" in the gallery of a public petitions committee meeting on June 15.
"Dark and dusky. I'll maybe have to put a wee word out for her... Nice, very nice. The heat's getting to me. True, true, true," the married 47-year-old politician said. "She's got that Filipino look, you know the kind you would see in a Gauguin painting. There's a wee bit of culture."
The dark-haired girl is "believed to have been a young work experience placement or temporary intern at the parliament," reports Telegraph.co.uk. She was with the Green Party according to Daily Mail. Various international news reports could not confirm her nationality as of posting time.
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McAveety quit the next day after his comments made its media rounds. He also stepped down as Labour Party's sport spokesman in Scotland.
He has already apologized "for any offense [his] comments may have caused," in a letter to Labour leader Iain Gray, reports BBC. He added, "I would not want the incident to detract in any way from the work of the committee and the substantial contribution I feel I have made as convener."
His wife and mother of his two children, Anita, "seemed upset" when Daily Mail interviewed her. "I have nothing to say," she said.