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Stripper confirms gay slurs incident prompted her

Sat 6 Aug 2016 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

As a second woman has now come forward to say she was treated badly at a Chiefs rugby team function when hired to be a stripper, the first woman hired for the function this year has decided to go public with complaints has confirmed she was prompted to do so by the way the 'gay slur' incident a few days earlier was handled. Gay Waikato man Brendan Barraclough was disgusted when a Chiefs player, lock Michael Allardice, shouted out at hot pools where the team was relaxing post-season "Here come the gays, here come the gays... come on my face, come on my face." His posting about the incident on social media was pounced upon by the general media and prompted hurried contact from Chiefs management. The upshot was an apology from Allardice, although he attempted to deflect criticism of the incident by saying the slurs were directed jokingly at his fellow-team members, not at Barraclough and his friends. Just days later Scarlette, who was hired to be a stripper for the team, said she had been touched inappropriately, sexually harassed and been subject to abuse when entertaining the team the same evening. Chiefs and NZ Rugby management had been struggling to deal with fallout from the two allegations when a second woman came forward, yesterday, saying she had had a similar experience a year ago when dancing for the team at a similar event. She says she was called a "filthy slut" and had alcohol and beer spat over her. Speaking to RNZ, Scarlette said "when I read their supposed apology about the gay slurs and their back-pedaling on that it just made me very angry because I knew that that wasn't the case and that it was directed at [Barraclough and his companions], so I put in my two cents about what had happened to me." If you have information or an informed view on this incident or those involved please contact Daily News at    

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First published: Saturday, 6th August 2016 - 7:15pm

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