The Victorian director of the Liberal Party reportedly told the deputy premier's former adviser that he had been caught up in a coalition crossfire after being forced to resign.

A fresh tape has been leaked to Fairfax Radio involving a conversation between Liberal state director Damien Mantach and Tristan Weston as pressure mounts on the coalition government over the airing of the secret recordings.

Mr Weston quit Deputy Premier Peter Ryan's office in October 2011 after the Office of Police Integrity found he was involved in a plot to dethrone the former police commissioner Simon Overland.

Mr Mantach reportedly authorised the payment of $22,500 to Mr Weston by the Liberal Party after he resigned, according to other recordings published by the Herald Sun.

He can be heard during one conversation telling Mr Weston he had been unfairly treated.

"You've been burnt and I think there is a little bit of blame on your behalf and there is a lot of blame back on others," Mr Mantach told Mr Weston on the tape obtained by Fairfax Radio.

"You've been hung out to dry."

Mr Mantach said there had been some well-intentioned naivety.

"There has been a crossfire in Liberal-National relations, which has not been helpful."

Mr Weston released a statement overnight denying he had been paid hush money, as alleged by the state opposition.

He said the money was a compassionate offer of help and Mr Mantach was a person of enormous integrity.

"It was never my understanding that the money paid to me by Mr Mantach under what was a private contractual arrangement was intended to buy my silence or was a form of `hush money'," he said in the statement given to Fairfax Radio.

"Had this been the case I would have refused such an offer."

 

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