On Thursday night, after reports and rumours of a “sex tape” had been festering above and below ground, former AFL player Dane Swan released a statement via Channel 9’s The Footy Show.
Yes, he said, there was a video. No, he said, it wasn’t by definition “a sex tape”. And no – and far more importantly – he did not consent for the video to be distributed.
“I have recently become aware of a video of me being published and circulated on the internet,” he said. “Contrary to some media reports, the video is not a ‘sex tape’.
“Although the video was taken a long time ago, it has been posted and distributed only recently. It was taken and distributed without my consent. The distribution is a gross breach of my privacy.
“As it is illegal to distribute such material online without consent I have reported the matter to the police who are investigating the distribution.
“As the matter is under investigation, I have no further comment at this time and I ask that my privacy be respected.”
In a statement to the Herald Sun, Victoria Police confirmed they were investigating the nature of how the video was leaked.
“Prahran police are investigating after a video was distributed electronically and online,” the statement said.
“The video was posted without consent. As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Soon after 34-year-old Swan made his statement, his agent Liam Pickering released his own blistering attack, making the suggestion that the former sports star had been treated differently because he was a male.
“In other incidents often with a female victim the media has been keen to protect the victim’s identity,” Pickering said.
“Although Dane understands he is a public figure, he is the victim in this case and is no less deserving of that protection.
“There is a double standard where the media feels free to name him and engage in a feeding frenzy of commentary and speculation about the circumstances, rather than allow him the privacy that any victim in such circumstances is entitled to have.”
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