Wellington, June 10 (ANI): Former New Zealand Government Minister Shane Jones has admitted to using his ministerial credit card to pay for pornographic movies while staying in hotels, but rejected suggestions that he was a "sex fiend".
According to the New Zealand Herald, Labour MP Jones said he was "not immediately thinking about resigning", though he had received a dressing down from Labour leader Phil Goff.
"Not only have I embarrassed myself, my family and my party colleagues, but I got into a pattern of expenditure that was inexcusable. It's beyond excuse and it's a day of humiliation for me," Jones was quoted, as saying.
"During the time that I was staying in hotels around the country, from time to time I definitely watched blue movies. Although I paid them back, it should never have gone on my ministerial card. It was personal expenditure and I offer no excuse," he added.It's a day of extreme shame. I obviously lost the plot. Whether or not it's fatally injured me as a politician, I'll dwell upon that. I'm not immediately thinking about resigning. I don't make those decisions in the heat of humiliation. But I've had a severe bollocking from my leader, Phil Goff, which I thoroughly deserved, a stern talking to from Annette King , and I will front up to my colleagues in caucus and give them an opportunity to tell me what they think," he said. (ANI)