DJ's ex-boss back to defend himself

Former David Jones boss Mark McInnes has arrived back to Australia with his pregnant girlfriend to fight a multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit.

Mr McInnes, 45, and partner Lisa Kelly arrived at Sydney Airport on Sunday about 7.30am (AEST) on a flight from Los Angeles.

The former David Jones' chief executive read a brief statement to a pack of reporters awaiting the couple's arrival.

He reiterated statements that many of the allegations against him were untrue and will soon lodge his defence case in the Federal Court.

"Lisa and I have returned home to Australia to work with my legal team on my defence," Mr McInnes said.

"It will include my detailed denials and rebuttals and is the first step in the legal process," Mr McInnes said.

He also said he offered his resignation immediately following the allegations.

"It was my responsibility not David Jones'," Mr McInnes said.

"I owned up to my mistakes and apologised to everybody immediately."

Publicist at the retailer, Kristy Fraser-Kirk filed a $37 million legal action against him, David Jones and nine directors in early August.

In her statement of claim lodged in the Federal Court, Ms Fraser-Kirk said Mr McInnes made unwelcome sexual comments and advances towards her on May 23, 2010 at a lunch celebrating the renewal of a contract between racehorse trainer Gai Waterhouse and David Jones.

She also referred to incidents involving four other women which she said occurred in the eight months before her complaints.

Mr McInnes resigned in mid-June.



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