Woman at centre of Matthew Johns sex scandal bragged about exploit, former co-worker says

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Woman at centre of Matthew Johns sex scandal bragged about exploit, former co-worker says



May 14, 2009 07:27pm

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A FORMER work colleague of the woman at the centre of the Cronulla Sharks sex scandal involving Matthew Johns claims her co-worker bragged about the incident.

Johns, a former Test player, was one of several Cronulla Sharks players who took part in group sex with a 19-year-old woman in Christchurch, New Zealand, seven years ago.

He has been stood down by the Nine Network, where he was a panellist on The Footy Show,  and he has also quit his role as an assistant coach of the Melbourne Storm.

New Zealand police say no crime was committed and the case will not be reopened.

Tania Boyd has told the Nine Network that the woman in the ABC's Four Corners report, identified as "Clare'', had boasted to her workmates about bedding several players and only contacted police five days after the alleged incident.

"She was absolutely excited about the fact. She was bragging about it to the staff and quite willing, openly saying how she had sex with several players,'' said Ms Boyd.

"We were quite disgusted about it. There was no trauma whatsoever.

"I'm disgusted that a woman can all of a sudden change her story from having a great time to then turning it into a terrible crime.

"One minute she was absolutely bragging about it, she did not know names. These names only came to light to us in the last day.

"We all just thought it was hilarious until five days later the police came to work and were horrified she had now changed her story to say she was now a victim of crime.

"It was definitely consensual, absolutely.

"She is saying she is still traumatised etcetera, well she wasn't for five days, or four days at least, after that affair.

"I can't work out what's happened. Does it take five days for it to sink in?''

The woman told the ABC that the night in which she had group sex with several Cronulla players at a Christchurch hotel seven years ago left her with psychological damage and led her to abandoning her studies.

Psychiatrists reported that she was suicidal, had cut her wrists several times and bought a rope to hang herself.

She told the ABC she felt degraded and traumatised by the incident and despised the players involved.

Among the allegations aired on Monday, the woman said two men rubbed their penises in her face while other men stood watching and masturbating.

Six men had sex with her while another six looked on. There was always someone touching her, she said.

"For years and years afterwards I was drinking a lot, crying a lot and losing a lot of friends and doing quite destructive things to myself and other people,'' she told the program.

"At the end of it, I wasn't so much drinking heaps and heaps, I was more scared to go out of the house.''

"Full responsibility"

Speaking today outside his Sydney home Johns said he wanted to put the ordeal behind him and did not feel like a scapegoat.

"I take full responsibility for my own actions and I'm moving on with my life now,'' he said.

Last night Johns and his wife Trish appeared on Nine show A Current Affair, where Johns apologised to the woman in the incident but insisted she was a willing participant who asked for sex.

The Cronulla Sharks, has refused to name other players involved in the incident.

However Cronulla says those players should apologise of their own accord to the woman involved.

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