Kiwi NRL star Bodene Thompson has broken his silence on his group sex scandal with some shock allegations of his own.
The 29-year-old former Warriors forward was on Tuesday embroiled in a messy group-sex scandal after allegations from his former partner that he broke team rules to have sex before NRL matches and engaged in group sex with teammates, news.com.au reported.
Sydney Penthouse model and stripper Belinda Medlyn told the Daily Telegraph she consented to group sex with the former Gold Coast, Wests Tigers and New Zealand Warriors star and his teammates.
The pair have a 15-month-old son Hendrix, who was allegedly conceived in 2015 while one of Thompson's teammates watched.
Their relationship has turned into an ugly dispute over finances to raise their child.
Medlyn claims Thompson has been late in making child support payments.
Thompson's lawyer has said his client "doesn't owe a cent".
Now the NRL player has responded to Medlyn's claims by issuing a statement to Channel 9.
Thompson claims he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Medlyn, claiming she threatened to go public with this story unless Thompson paid her off with a sum of $50,000.
"I am most concerned that these allegations, which occurred many years ago, have been raised so publicly in a failed attempt to extort money from me to the detriment of myself and my child," the statement said. "This story has no benefit except to attempt to smear my reputation.
"The allegations and the fact that they have been raised so publicly are extremely hurtful to my family and I.
"I hope everyone can appreciate and respect my family's privacy, particularly in light of there being a young child involved in this matter and my main objective is to protect him from these indelible articles being circulated.
"Although I do not wish to give any more oxygen to this story, I believe it is important to put the facts on the table.
"Ms Medlyn approached me in June 2017 threatening that she would expose this story unless I gave her a sum of $50,000. I refused to pay her this money on the basis that I was already paying her child support as assessed by the Child Support Agency.
"I love my son and I have been striving to have a relationship with him. Ms Medlyn has made this difficult, however I continue to seek avenues to pursue having a proper relationship with my son.
"I continue to meet all of my financial obligations to my son and work hard to ensure his future."
Medlyn initially told the Daily Telegraph the NRL has a "pack mentality" culture which makes players believe they can get away with anything.
Medlyn told the Telegraph they would meet behind coaches' backs at hotels and sent photos of friends to each other to consider for group sex.
Medlyn claims she met Thompson in team hotel rooms where they had sex before his NRL matches.
"They think they're rock stars who can do what they want, until it goes wrong."
Steamy text messages the dancer and NRL star sent each other have been revealed by the Telegraph. In one of them, Thompson sends a photo of his teammate saying: "This guy is so keen to f*** you."
Thompson "met" Medlyn on social media. His Tigers teammates went to Townsville's Santa Fe Gold strip club after a game against the Cowboys two seasons ago and although he wasn't there, a dancer introduced the two on Instagram.
From there Medlyn and Thompson had sex at his Sydney apartment, her place at Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs and hotel rooms.
The Warriors on Tuesday said the club does not plan to take action against Thompson, saying the scandal is a "personal matter" between him and Medlyn.