Barely a week seems to go by without another powerful man accused of sexual harassment and indecent assault. Today, The Age has reported fresh allegations against Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who's currently embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal being investigated by the Melbourne City Council. It's become a familiar story, a well-established pattern, following the revelations last year about Fox News' Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly, producer Harvey Weinstein and others. But one thing that doesn't always follow the same pattern is how the accused men react.

Robert Doyle -- the spinner

Doyle has denied all the allegations, and gone into full reputation-protection mode. Currently facing an investigation by his council (where a report is due within days), the Lord Mayor has employed a public relations firm. The Age reports today that the firm released text messages between one of the alleged victims and Doyle, while the Herald Sun appears to have published some of those messages in its coverage today.