Second stripper comes out against Chiefs

Chiefs pictured in a game with the Crusaders. Photo / Getty
Chiefs pictured in a game with the Crusaders. Photo / Getty

A second stripper has come forward with allegations against Chiefs rugby players, as police confirm they have spoken to the stripper at the centre of this week's incident.

The second stripper alleged incident happened at the team's end of season celebrations last year, MediaWorks reported.

The broadcaster gave no other details. The Chiefs have been approached for comment.

Police this afternoon said they had spoken to the woman who claimed Chiefs players touched and licked her without her consent at this week's end of season celebrations.

Spokesman Ross Henderson said the woman, who was hired by the team as a stripper for 'Mad Monday' celebrations, was also offered "the appropriate support, including providing further information and advice".

He did not comment further.

Gallagher Group corporate services executive Margaret Comer has apologised for her comments about the Chiefs stripper scandal.

Comer, a trustee on the board of Waikato Women's Refuge, said earlier this week that hiring a stripper was a "stupid damn thing to do" but the matter had been dealt with appropriately.

But today she said she was "regretful" about her remarks.

"I feel terrible that my poor choice of words have caused hurt and alarm. I am even more regretful given that I have always been passionate about championing causes and organisations that improve our communities both professionally on behalf of Gallagher's philanthropic efforts and personally on a number of not-for-profit boards.

"I most definitely do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women and am extremely regretful that my words yesterday do not reflect the high standard I expect of myself and those I am associated with."

Earlier in the week, Comer said she was "reluctant to say that the boys were out of line" after a stripper accused unnamed Chiefs players of touching her during the team's Mad Monday celebrations.

"If a woman takes her clothes off and walks around in a group of men, what are we supposed to do if one of them tries to touch her," Comer told Fairfax.

Gallaher's has also issued a statement saying it firmly believes in equal, fair treatment of women and absolutely does not condone any kind of behaviour to the contrary.

"We understand a full and formal investigation is underway and support the Chiefs management in following due process," said Gallagher Group Executive, People & Brand, Helen Camilleri.

Meanwhile, the stripper hired by the Chiefs rugby team has told Radio NZ players wanted her to be a "whore".

The stripper, only known as Scarlette, said she was initially hired to do one-hour waitressing then a strip performance at a Waikato hot pools.

However, things quickly escalated.

"I made it very clear that I didn't want to be touched, even though I had a smile on my face it doesn't affect the words coming out of [my] mouth - that was just me maintaining my professionalism, trying to get out of there safely."

She said no Chiefs management or hot-pool staff were present during the strip and afterwards she was asked to do the waitressing and she said she could stay if they settled down, "which they didn't".

"Things escalated. Basically, they wanted me to be a whore, which I wasn't there to be. And when I went to collect payment they short-changed me and basically just made it very hostile and I had to leave immediately, because I was quite upset."

She told Radio NZ some of the players were "beyond drunk" when she arrived for the performance in the garden bar at the Okoroire hot pools, near Matamata.

"I was on my own there so you would think they would see that I was one woman walking into a group of - I mean, I don't know how many of the rugby team but there were a lot of people there."

She said it was an intimidating job but the players had no respect.

"I had one of the players going through my phone."

They also threw gravel and chanted lewdly at her, she said in her radio interview.

She also didn't agree with comments by the Chiefs that some witnesses hadn't seen any mistreatment.

"Well, then they weren't looking, were they? I mean, that's where it turns into a 'he said, she said' part of the argument, which I believe is present in any case of sexual abuse, anything like that.

"If my word means nothing, then so does every other woman's word that's ever said anything against someone."

She told RNZ's Morning Report she hesitated to go to police because she had approached them in the past and it was not a good experience.

"They don't treat you very well so I just shy away from them a bit."

However, she said the incident with the Chiefs should be investigated as it was not acceptable.

- NZ Herald

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