Footage emerges of NRL player Matt Lodge's violent rampage in New York

Dramatic footage has emerged of Matt Lodge's violent 2015 rampage in New York.

The CCTV footage shows the 120kg prop forward viciously assaulting Joseph Cartright before he forces his way into his victim's apartment.

Inside, Lodge tried to punch his way through a bathroom door, behind which was hiding Cartright's wife and nine-year-old son.

The footage has been circulated on the eve of the NRL season, with revelations that the Brisbane Broncos recruit is yet to pay a cent of the $US1.234 million in damages he was ordered to pay by a US civil court.

The terrorised New York family say it is heartbreaking he is continuing on with his life and will be held as a role model for young Australian rugby league fans while failing to pay his damages bill.

Lodge attacks Cartright in the foyer. Pic: Wigdor LLP
Lodge attacks Cartright in the foyer. Pic: Wigdor LLP

They were also upset by remarks made by NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg this week alleging discussions were taking place between Lodge and the victims to conclude the matter.

The family and their New York lawyer say that is not true.

"He (Lodge) has never contacted us at all," Joseph Cartright, who was put in a head lock and punched in the face by the powerfully built, 193cm tall, Lodge, told AAP on Thursday.

"He has never apologised.

"There has never been a sense of sorrow for his actions.

Lodge has been thrown a lifeline by the Broncos. Image: AAP
Lodge has been thrown a lifeline by the Broncos. Image: AAP

"It is bewildering to us."

Mr Cartright, his wife Ruth Fowler and nine-year-old son were asleep in their Upper West Side Manhattan apartment at about 4am on October 16, 2015, when their doorbell rang.

A German tourist, Carolin Dekeyser, randomly rang the intercom while being physically harassed and threatened on the street by Lodge who told her: "Do you think you're going to die? This is the night you're going to die'."

Mr Cartright got out of bed to let Ms Dekeyser into the lobby, but Mr Lodge followed her inside, physically assaulted Mr Cartright and went into his apartment, locked Mr Cartright out and began destroying furniture and smashing plates.

Lodge then tried to punch his way through a bathroom door where a terrified Ms Fowler was hiding with her son.

NYPD officers arrived, drew their guns and Mr Cartright feared Lodge would be shot in their apartment in front of their son.

Lodge with the Tigers in 2015. Image: Getty
Lodge with the Tigers in 2015. Image: Getty

The now 11-year-old remains "heavily traumatised".

"He is still afraid when the doorbell rings," Ms Fowler said.

The family supports Lodge playing rugby league again, but they want him, the Broncos and the NRL to take responsibility.

"We don't want to ruin his life," Mr Cartright said.

"If rugby is his life then we would be ruining that.

"We have no interest in that.

"What we have interest in is taking responsibility for his actions."

The couple and their New York lawyer, Renan Varghese, disagreed with Mr Greenburg's comments that Lodge has paid a price for his New York actions.

They also rejected Mr Greenburg's remarks in an interview on Triple M this week there were ongoing discussions "behind the scenes" between Mr Cartright, Ms Fowler, Ms Dekeyser and Lodge.

"I can tell you there are no discussions going on," Mr Varghese, a senior associate at Wigdor LLP, said.

"We haven't heard from Mr Lodge at any point recently and we don't anticipate to hear from him."

Mr Varghese said he will continue to pursue Lodge in Australia for the $US1.2 million.

"We are looking into how to enforce this judgment in Australia whether through the courts or outside the court," Mr Varghese said.

"We believe we do have options and we are confident that at the end of the day Mr Lodge will be held accountable.

"It is in his best interest."

In an early blow to the family and without their knowledge, New York prosecutors agreed to a plea deal with Lodge in his criminal case in 2015.

Lodge originally faced a hefty jail sentence.

However, he pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor reckless assault charge and avoided a US prison stint.

He was sentenced to work in a Sydney soup kitchen, undergo anger management treatment and other court ordered demands.

The victims hoped the civil suit would deliver some justice.

The horrific memories forced Mr Cartright, Ms Fowler and their son to move out of the apartment that had been home for 20 years and relocate to another neighbourhood.