London, Feb 27 (ANI): Kevin Crameri has stood down as mayor of Penrith and faces possible suspension after an investigation revealed he behaved inappropriately on an overseas business trip.
Crameri, who was awarded an OAM in 1999 for services to local government and the community, was on a three-week trip to East Asia last November, when he allegedly propositioned an interpreter for a threesome and commented on the chest sizes of Asian women, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
An independent report, which will be considered at the Penrith Council meeting, found he breached the council's code of conduct 22 times, including holding an interpreter's hand when he climbed the Great Wall of China and 'cuddling' women who wanted photos taken with him.
Crameri, who has been mayor since September 2009 and a councillor for nearly 22 years, declined to comment until the findings of the report are presented to the council.
He allegedly asked an interpreter to come to his room and when she told him she shared a room with another interpreter, said, "I don't mind, we can have a threesome."
In a written response to this allegation, Crameri said: "Jokingly, I did say to the interpreter to come to my room, I do not recall any mention of a threesome, but if I did made [sic] a reference to having a threesome, then it was still in the context of sharing jokes."
Crameri also remarked on the 'large busts' of some women. He claims the comments were made to 'reassure' a female member of the delegation after she said she would have trouble finding clothes because Asian women have small busts. (ANI)