St Kilda footballer, Nick Riewoldt has been involved in an online photo scandal through Facebook and Twitter. A Melbourne teenager is posting explicit photos of Saints players Nick Riewoldt, Zac Dawson and Nick Dal Santo in an act of “revenge” (her word) after she made a complaint earlier in the year against two Saints players, claiming she had become pregnant after having sex with the men. The AFL investigation found the players had not acted inappropriately and no charges were laid.
From The Herald Sun:
ST Kilda star Nick Riewoldt says he doesn’t know the girl who published explicit photos of him and other players on her Facebook page, but is disappointed in her actions.
But the teen who has released explicit photos of St Kilda players Riewoldt, Zac Dawson and Nick Dal Santo on the internet says she plans to upload at least a dozen more, despite a court order forbidding it.
Photos released by the girl on her Facebook site yesterday, showing the players in various states of undress in a hotel room, have outraged the AFL Players’ Association and St Kilda. The club yesterday asked police to investigate.
This morning Riewoldt said he had done nothing wrong.
“I can’t understand why someone I don’t know would want to denigrate me in this way. I don’t know the person. I’m just very disappointed and hurt.”
The Saints’ captain said the picture in question was taken about a year ago by a teammate in Miami. He said he had woken up, got out of bed, and the photo was taken but he told the fellow player to delete it and believed it had been destroyed.
The girl, a jilted former lover of another Saint, is threatening to release a “scrapbook” of damaging images and text messages.
She has vowed to continue posting images each day until the police force her to stop.
According to SMH:
Last night, a Federal Court judge ordered that the teenager and Facebook remove the images. Facebook closed the teenager’s account shortly after 8pm, but she responded at about 9pm by posting a link on Twitter to the pictures.
One of the photographs shows Riewoldt posing naked next to teammate Zac Dawson, who is wearing jeans and is holding out what appears to be a condom packet. The other shows Dal Santo in a more explicit pose.
”Merry Christmas courtesy of the St Kilda schoolgirl” is writ- ten across the photographs.
The AFL and police interviewed the teenager when she was a student, following the allegations that she had become pregnant to a St Kilda player, and decided not to take action ”as no unlawful activity had occurred”.
The teenager, whom The Age has opted not to name, said her baby was stillborn on October 5.
She told The Age she was posting the photographs out of revenge. She said she hated St Kilda and the AFL ”because they treated me with disrespect”.
”I just want to let them know what it feels like to have your reputation absolutely ruined,” she said. She has been offering the photographs to media outlets for at least a month, and said last night she would post further pictures until she was satisfied that players knew what it felt like to be degraded.
Here is Nick Riewoldt at a press conference this morning discussing the pictures:
Has anyone seen these photos? Anyway. Just like when a topless shot of Lara Bingle was circulated on social media earlier this year, this story raises issues for everyone. How do you protect your reputation and image when the click of a mouse can wreck untold damage?
(PS: if you come be a friend of Mamamia on Facebook, we solemnly promise never to publish any nude photos of you)
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