A shamed Aberdeen MSP suspended from his party today said he stands ready to “fully co-operate” with any investigation.
SNP party chiefs chose to suspend Mark McDonald after “new information” was brought to them about his conduct.
It comes almost two weeks after he stepped down as Childcare and Early Years Minister after he admitted a separate incident of “inappropriate” behaviour.
Mr McDonald today said: “I have not been advised of any details relating to the information received by the party, but I stand ready to fully co-operate with any investigation into this matter.
“I will make no further comment at this time and would ask that due process be allowed to take its course and that the privacy of my staff and my family is respected and that they be allowed to go about their daily lives without obstruction.”
Mr McDonald would not be drawn on whether or not he would step down as MSP.
The Aberdeen Donside member broke his silence earlier this week regarding the first incident, saying he was seeking professional help to change his behaviour after a complaint led to him stepping down from his Government position.
It was revealed the former councillor had sent a text message to a woman which included a reference to a sex act.
He has previously said his actions caused “distress and upset” .
The woman who complained said she decided to take action because “people have to change”.
On his suspension, an SNP spokeswoman said: “Following new information being received by the SNP over the course of the last 24 hours relating to the behaviour of Mark McDonald, he has been suspended from both the parliamentary group and the party while further investigation takes place.
“In the interests of due process and appropriate confidentiality no further comment will be made.”
Meanwhile, North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said: “There are clearly circumstances where it’s important for political parties to signal that certain types of behaviour are unacceptable and that’s clearly happened in this case.”
Mr McDonald closed his constituency office after his resignation, pulling out of his public appearances and suspending his Facebook account.
After the first allegation, the 37-year-old father-of-two said it would be for his constituents to decide at the next election whether or not they want him to continue as their MSP.