Scarlette story over? Not when the media party rip off the scab

The stripper, known as Scarlette, had earlier said some players groped her, threw gravel and swore at her at her while she performed at the rugby team function on 1 August at the Ōkoroire Hot Pools, near Matamata.

New Zealand Rugby said those claims were contradicted by independent witnesses not connected to the team, and it decided not to take further action, other than giving the team a collective warning.

Scarlette’s interview with RNZ last month was not aired in full at the time, because there had not been time to bleep out some words to make it suitable for broadcasting. Some of the interview is likely to never be broadcast because of the content, but much of it was was played on Morning Report this morning.

Scarlette said team members were “beyond drunk” when she arrived so were not allowed in the main building and had to go to the garden bar.

She said some players groped her, threw gravel and swore at her.

“[One] proceeded to touch my vagina multiple times with me telling him not to and eventually having to fight him off.

[One]?  Did Radio New Zealand edit out the player’s name?

“That didn’t deter him though – he kept going.

“Then during all of that they just crowded in on me, real pack mentality kind of a thing.

“They tried to get their penises out, which I don’t do.

“They were throwing gravel at me during the time as well. I’d normally stop just from that but I felt that I couldn’t stop because I’ve been in situations before where I’ve been held in rooms I’ve had knives held to me and I just didn’t want this one to go that way.

“If you show your vulnerability they do attack it.

Where to even start with this?

I’ll tell you this for free: all of the player’s wives and girlfriends will have been told it was the other guy that did it.

You have to take a large part of the responsibility of putting yourself into a room with young men that are “beyond” drunk that have the expectation that you are going to show your body.  It is even more of a risk to then make a side-deal for $50 to have yourself indecently licked.

This is all hear-say of course.  The police can’t (or won’t) go anywhere near it.

And most telling of all, Scarlette went to the media and not the police.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.