Rabbitohs to investigate lewd sexting claims as side celebrated win over Warriors

Rabbitohs to investigate lewd sexting claims as side celebrated win over Warriors
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A Rabbitohs fan shows his support in Cairns.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will investigate a woman's claims she was the victim of a social media exchange with its players, that she says left her feeling disgusted and violated.

On Friday the Rabbitohs issued a statement, saying it would investigate claims "in today's media regarding alleged player behaviour in May this year".

A thorough investigation will be undertaken in conjunction, and in close co-operation, with the NRL's Integrity Unit, the Rabbitohs said..

The NRL club is reportedly investigating an email from a 23-year-old sent the day after the May 26 incident.

The woman told the news media she felt violated and disgusted over lewd sexting with high-profile South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league players, but her complaints to the NRL club had not been dealt with.

She claimed in The Daily Telegraph several high-profile Rabbitohs exposed themselves during a Facebook video chat as they celebrated a win over the Warriors.

The club said it had tried to make contact with her via phone and email, since getting her contact details "last night".

"The Rabbitohs take any allegations of player misbehaviour very seriously and will not be making any further comment until the completion of the investigation."

The complainant said a "funny" FaceTime chat "with the group of boys" turned explicit and left her "violated and disgusted", Sydney's Daily Telegraph said.

The players had been celebrating a 30-10 win in Auckland over the Warriors.

Screenshots taken by the woman purport to show one of the players displaying his genitals, while another bares his backside.

She has said phone records show one player repeatedly called her, even after she had made it clear she wanted to be left alone.

The Daily Telegraph said the players involved were some of the biggest names at the club. It has chosen not to name the players. The woman went to the newspaper, saying her demands for action had not been answered.

A club spokesman confirmed that the woman's initial email was received by the club's football operations manager Brock Schafer on June 1, the newspaper reported.

He had assured the woman the matter was being taken "seriously" and the club "will work to understand what has occurred", it reported. Two later emails were not responded to, as they had been "routed to a junk mail folder", he said.

The Rabbitohs play the St George-Illawarra Dragons in the playoffs on Saturday night.

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