Stunning new details have emerged regarding the Rabbitohs’ lewd video scandal.
Seven News can reveal Rabbitohs players involved in the scandal will allege the woman at the centre of the incident was a willing participant, and even exposed herself in the lewd video.
The 23-year-old woman complained to the club following the lewd video but wasn’t happy with the response she received.
In a strange twist, an inside source has told Seven News the woman has close links to the Rabbitohs’ bitter rivals, the Sydney Roosters.
The club is currently investigating allegations two players indecently exposed themselves to the young woman without consent via a social media account reportedly belonging to Sam Burgess in May.
The saga comes amid fears Rabbitohs players could be rubbed out of Saturday’s grand final qualifier against the Sydney Roosters.
South Sydney and Burgess will break their silence at a press conference on Wednesday.
The club had set up a five-person panel to look into the incident, including NRL investigator Karyn Murphy.
Burgess can handle the extra scrutiny
Sam Burgess can handle the extra scrutiny over his alleged involvement in the sexting scandal that threatens to undermine South Sydney’s premiership run, his brother George says.
South Sydney have yet to confirm whether Sam is being investigated, but brother Tom has already admitted his older sibling has “made a mistake”.
George said Sam remains focused on steering the club to another grand final.
“He’s experienced enough to block it out. He’s used to it. He’s been criticised before, so obviously you’ve just got to work through it. He’ll be ready to play,” George told AAP on Monday.
“Sam’s great. He’s pulled up good after the game. We’re at the best time of the year, so he’s excited about playing in a prelim with his team. That’s all there is to say really.”
It is the second time in as many weeks the governing body has been forced to address off-field issues, beginning with Canterbury’s Mad Monday antics that resulted in a $250,000 fine.
In 2016, former Sydney Roosters player Mitchell Pearce was banned for eight matches and fined $125,000 for simulating sex with a dog on video.
In the same year, Parramatta star Corey Norman was also rubbed out for eight matches and fined $20,000 for a slew of off-field misdemeanours, including his role in a sex tape.
Norman was also punished for drug possession and consorting with known criminals.