Richmond to be investigated over revenge porn claims

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    A police investigation is currently underway after a woman claimed topless images of her wearing a 2017 AFL premiership medal were circulated without her consent.

    The news came as a shock to Richmond Tigers president Peggy O’Neal who was alerted to the investigation before appearing on ABC’s Q&A program.

    “I’m just not across the facts because it’s just been brought to my attention very recently within the last few hours, but I understand that something’s going on,” she said on the show.

    “If it turns out that it is disrespect to women, we don’t stand for that, that’s not what our club’s about.”

    The woman at the centre of the controversy is reportedly claiming the images were circulated as a form of revenge pornography.

    The Richmond Football Club is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

    “We feel very strongly about the positive role of women at our club and in sport generally,” the statement said.

    “We are committed to creating an environment where women can thrive and we are dedicated to promoting attitudes and behaviours that are respectful and supportive of women.

    “As this is now a police matter it would be inappropriate for the club to make any further comment at this time.”

    The AFL Integrity Unit is also investigating.

    If the investigation finds that images were sent without consent, ‘sexting’ charges could be laid.