An alleged victim of former Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle has slammed the council for not immediately releasing a sexual misconduct report after he withdrew court action.
The City of Melbourne announced on Friday night that Mr Doyle took back his bid in the Supreme Court to stop the report being released, despite a two-day trial scheduled from Monday in regards to alleged sexual misconduct over a Melbourne Health dinner in 2016.
The council stated it would not release the report until a police probe was finished.
"We welcome Mr Doyle's decision to withdraw the Supreme Court action as this means we can now proceed with finalising Dr Freckelton QC's independent investigation," council chief executive Justin Hanney said in a statement.
"When the police investigation is concluded, the findings of Dr Freckelton's investigation can be made public and we reserve the right to do so in the best interests of all parties."
It was revealed earlier this week a third person, Kharla Williams, made a formal complaint to Victoria Police relating to the event.
Mrs Williams told AAP on Friday night the council's response not to publish the report until after the police investigation was a "slap in the face".
"This will be another 12 months. And police advised due to the variance in balance of probability versus within all reasonable doubt, findings via the civil investigation will not have any weight to outcome," she said.
Police are yet to interview her husband, his daughter and the waiter on the night, she added.
An investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct was commissioned by the council's then-chief executive Ben Rimmer, following claims made by two councillors.
Mr Doyle has strenuously denied all claims against him.
His barrister Kateena O'Gorman previously told the Supreme Court she would argue Mr Rimmer had no authority to commission aspects of the report.
She said some of the allegations had nothing to do with council, including those that stemmed from a Melbourne Health dinner in which a woman said Mr Doyle touched her leg and made inappropriate comments.
Australian Associated Press