A top Tasmanian Liberal candidate from Tasmania has been accused of cheating on a lover into believing he was a man named Terry who worked as an engineer and lived in Melbourne.
The North West multimillionaire is running again for the North West seat of Braddon in Saturday’s state election.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she met Mr Brooks on the dating site OKCupid in 2019.
She knew him as Terry – an identity he backed up by text message with a photo of what appears to be a VicRoads driver’s license, along with a photo of Mr. Brooks.
The text was captioned: “I really see”.
But the woman only received this photo after asking to see her ID, suspecting her long-distance partner was not who he claimed to be.
The two were in contact from June 2019 to March 2020 and have met in person in Sydney on four occasions.
In the early days of dating, in a text exchange seen by UKTN, Mr. Brooks told the woman, “I would never hurt anyone. It’s not in my nature or who I am ”.
But she became suspicious of her background the first time they met in person after confusion during hotel check-in.
“He claimed he had booked under Terry Brooks and the receptionist said there was something for an Adam,” the woman said.
“I remember that he could see that I was uncomfortable and that he had a lot of trouble reassuring me and explaining to me that there had been an error in the confusion and showed me his business cards to reassure me.
It helped the woman feel at ease, but the next time they met, she demanded to see photo ID, telling him that she had been injured before at sites of met.
She alleges that he said he lost his ID card, but sent the photo of his license later.
On another date for dinner, she saw the name “Adam Brooks” on her credit card.
She said he told her that it belonged to her cousin and that he had used it for tax purposes.
After receiving a text that “clearly wasn’t intended for me,” the woman decided to search for “Adam Brooks” online.
“It was then that I realized that the person I had been in a relationship with for several months and that I had taken into my life and shared my life was not the person he said he was, ”she said.
“I remember that morning, I remember how I felt when I saw these photos of the reports on the parliamentary inquiry that had taken place on him when he was minister, and the seriousness of it. this reality.
She finally broke up after this revelation.
“When I found this out, the betrayal and the pain, the pain, the shame, it all was so bad,” she said.
The UKTN has posed a series of questions about dating profiles who appear to be Mr Brooks – and a calling card for a “Terry Brooks” – to the Tasmanian Liberal Party on several occasions over the past week.
The number the woman used to text Mr. Brooks matches the number on Terry Brooks’ business card, two versions of which have been seen by UKTN.
The name and contact details are the same on each one, and Terry Brooks is listed as a senior consultant for Brooks Development.
Mr. Brooks owns a company called Brooks Development Group.
In response to questions from UKTN about whether the profiles and map were those of Mr Brooks, or if it was spoofed, party advisers have repeatedly said Mr Brooks “categorically denies this” , or “he denies the allegations,” without however clarifying what, exactly, he denied.
Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Peter Gutwein has also said on three occasions that he believes Mr Brooks’ version of events.
Showing one of the dating profiles by the UKTN at a press conference this week, Mr Gutwein suggested the reporter may have “cheated it”.
After the CBA reported on the profiles online Thursday, Mr Gutwein suggested that Mr Brooks had in fact been the victim of identity theft, saying: “He’s a good looking guy.”
Today, when questioned again, Mr Gutwein said: “What you allege in relation to these profiles, Mr Brooks has denied that they were his.”
“I have more important things to worry about than Mr. Brooks’ love life. What concerns me is keeping Tasmanians safe, ensuring that we have a strong growing economy, and most importantly, that we have jobs for Tasmanians.
The woman said the experience had a profound impact on her life. She said she contacted the UKTN after reading that it denied links to other dating profiles, saying Braddon voters deserve to know the truth.
“I haven’t dated anyone since and I don’t know if I want to again,” she said.
“After an experience like this, it fundamentally has, for me at least, a lasting impact on you as a person.”
The party and Mr Brooks have been contacted for comment.
Mr Brooks served in the Tasmanian Parliament between 2010 and 2019.
He is the Treasurer of the Tasmanian Liberal Party, a generous party donor and a big vote winner, helping the party secure a majority government in 2014 with over 16,000 votes.
His political career was cut short after misleading Parliament about using a professional email address, before correcting the case.
A subsequent Integrity Commission investigation into the use of this email address found that he had misled former Prime Minister Will Hodgman about the nature of his involvement with the company, but concluded that he did not have a significant conflict of interest.
Mr Brooks was also found to have ‘accessed, collated, forwarded and deleted’ a number of relevant emails on the night he was questioned about them in Parliament.
Mr Brooks has long maintained that he had done nothing wrong and that the Integrity Commission had confirmed his innocence, including by Avocado newspaper this year when he said, “It was very, very clear that I had been cleared.”
Shortly after his screening, Tasmanian Police confirmed that Mr Brooks would be assigned to court over allegations that he improperly stored ammunition. Mr Brooks said he would vigorously defend the claims.
Mr Brooks is one of six candidates on the Liberal Party’s Braddon ticket.
Mr Gutwein’s campaign – ahead of Saturday’s national elections – has focused on the “threat” of a minority government.