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NZ PM in ponytail-pulling problem






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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key could be in trouble after he pulled a waitress' hair in a café. He apologised after Amanda Bailey posted online that he pulled her hair many times when he visited the café. Ms Bailey said the hair-pulling started last year during an election campaign. She repeatedly told him to stop and to not do it again, but he didn't listen. She could now take him to court for the crime of "hostile touching". A New Zealand legal expert said: "You have to remember this is an older white male with a lot of power." He said Ms Bailey was in a powerless position.

Mr Key apologised for his actions and said he was just joking with the waitress. People in New Zealand think the apology is not enough. A women's rights campaigner said she believed Mr Key had broken the law. She said: "I'm getting tired of it being called anything but illegal." New Zealand's deputy leader Tracey Martin said it was unacceptable behaviour for a leader. She added Mr Key should understand where people's personal boundaries lie. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, said: "It's never OK to touch someone without their permission."

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