NRL, Rabbitohs probe lewd video claims

Matt Encarnacion, Steve Zemek and Callum Godde

South Sydney have appointed a panel to investigate allegations two players exposed themselves in a lewd video that has rocked their NRL finals series.

Coach Anthony Seibold admits being blindsided by the incident on the eve of the Rabbitohs' NRL semi-final against St George Illawarra.

The club has appointed a panel of ARL commissioner Lea Drake, NRL integrity unit investigator Karyn Murphy, Rabbitohs chairman Nick Pappas, CEO Blake Solly and head of operations Emily Grant to oversee the investigation.

The Rabbitohs and the integrity unit are looking into accusations two stars exposed their private parts without consent in a video chat in May.

An NRL spokesman told AAP the organisation were still waiting for more information from South Sydney.

Seibold said he was only informed about the situation on Thursday, while the NRL were only made aware this week.

"I was briefed on the story yesterday and the accusations yesterday. Obviously the club's just put out a statement this morning, which I've just been briefed on," Seibold said on Friday.

"Our club treat the accusations seriously, as do the NRL integrity unit. In consultation between the integrity unit and the club, my understanding is our investigation's ongoing."

The Rabbitohs confirmed the 23-year-old woman emailed the club in May and football operations manager Brock Schaefer replied he would take the complaint seriously.

However, subsequent emails from the woman, which came from an anonymous email account and didn't identify the players, were not replied to.

The club said the emails went into the junk email folder and it's engaged an independent company to identify what occurred.

Seibold confirmed independent contractors were investigating the email trail, while the club said it had only received the woman's contact details on Thursday.

The club said it spoke to the woman on Friday.

The woman is believed to own screen shots of one player pulling down his pants to expose his genitals, while the other showed his backside.

Seibold said he hadn't seen any photos and was unsure about the players' mindset as he had yet to address the group about the matter.

"It's a little bit of chaos thrown in front of us," Seibold said.

"It's not ideal that these accusations come out and they're front-page news. It's not what anybody wants. It's not what I want. It's not what our game needs or wants either."

The scandal is the second off-field incident to rock the NRL in as many weeks after the Bulldogs' Mad Monday drama.

Meanwhile, the club said it reserve grade forward Zane Musgrove was due to appear in court next week on several domestic violence charges.

He was charged with common assault, common assault domestic violence and intentionally or recklessly destroy/damage property following an incident in July.

He was briefly stood down before being reinstated after pleading not guilty.