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[DELETED] HELL: Fev’s unwelcome advance on Herald Sun journalist in female toilets rocks football

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Soon to be ex-Carlton star forward Brendan Fevola accosted and “sexually harassed” a young female Herald Sun journalist on his infamous Brownlow night of shame, VEXNEWS can exclusively reveal.

VEXNEWS understands that the incident occurred in or near the female toilets near the Palladium Room at Crown Casino on the Brownlow Medal award’s night.

CONE OF SILENCE
While the Herald Sun has reported on his antics in general terms, it appears to have decided not to report on the sexual harassment incident at the request of the journalist, Herald Sun Confidential reporter [deleted].

Carlton sources say that she believes that complaining about the issue would not have a positive impact on her career or on the newspaper’s relationship with footballers and Carlton in particular. Carlton is believed to be very grateful about the way the Herald Sun – Melbourne’s leading newspaper – has sensitively handled what could have been an explosive situation between them. While this might be theirview, we have also heard competing views that suggest her employer and the AFL itself are extremely unimpressed with Fevola’s actions on the night and the approach his management and even the Club have taken with the issue.

UPDATE 9 OCTOBER 12PM: Grumble-bum grump-a-thon Neil Mitchell, who works for Fairfax radio station 3AW, while still collecting a pretty penny from the Herald Sun as a grouchy columnist, today picked up our story, referring to one of Fev’s targets as a Herald Sun journalist. That’s true, but he implied that VEXNEWS had accused the Herald Sun of covering up the story to suit Carlton. That’s not what we published, of course. It’s been clear from the get-go that their primary concern is the welfare of their employee. As we have made clear, there did appear to be a difference of perspective about that between people at the Club and the newspaper. We reported that. We have no issue with how the Herald Sun has dealt with the issue, in fact they’ve been utterly honourable and decent about it.

Sources close to the Carlton Football Club say the incident itself was not the reason for their decision to trade the star forward but that his drunken display ignored the “last warning” Fevola had been previously given by Club CEO Greg Swann.

Carlton has been keen to be seen to clean up its act following a furore over claims by former Club President John Elliott that the club under his stewardship was in the habit of “paying off” complainants of sexual assault by players. Victoria Police investigated the matter at the time but are believed not to be taking any further action due to lack of evidence.

GOSSIP AROUND TOWN
There are wildly varying accounts about the nature of Fevola’s unwelcome actions in the female toilets ranging from inappropriate touching to more serious actions that could potentially have landed him in legal hot water. Some of this speculation includes the suggestion that the married Fevola grabbed the young woman, held her captive while he licked her face and made an “indecent proposal” to her.

Initial talk around Carlton was that Fevola meant the unwelcome advance in jest and that he was extremely drunk. As we have discovered after initial publication of this story, that is not a universally held opinion, some muttering very darkly indeed about what Fevola did. We have decided not to be any more specific and have removed mention of the identity of his victim on privacy grounds in light of confirmation of the seriousness of the attack.

fevperv[Deleted]was covering the event for the Herald-Sun and had been following the controversial player’s movements during the night in the anticipation she’d see something interesting when he was interviewing people for the Street Talk segment of the Footy Show.

A common view around the club that his actions were more foolish than terrifying and it is understood that [deleted] has insisted that no action be taken against Fevola. “She has asked that it go no further,” a club source told VEXNEWS. It must also be said that is not a universal view in journalist circles that the incident was innocuous.

Legal experts tell VEXNEWS that Fevola’s actions certainly constitute an assault and quite possibly a sexual assault that could attract a serious penalty if he was prosecuted and convicted. Naturally that relies on a complainant and witnesses and Fevola is fortunate that no complaint has been made to authorities and is not likely to be.

[Deleted] has certainly shown a lot more class, dignity and decency than Brendan Fevola seems capable of demonstrating. Now he’s apparently heading to another club, we can only hope he makes the most of the opportunity to start again and keeps his tongue and hands to himself and consenting adults.

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  1. uh oh

    Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009, 16:59
  2. Why report this at all if the Herald Sun has decided not to? Shame!

    Posted by disgraceful! | October 8, 2009, 17:00
  3. I wondered what was behind their decision to turf him so quickly. Now we know.

    Well done Vex

    Posted by at last | October 8, 2009, 17:01
  4. This IS sexual assault, typical you downplay it and suck up to the Herald Sun. Have they offered you a job yet?

    Posted by sexist | October 8, 2009, 17:02
  5. Fev is disgusting…

    He should play no more/

    Posted by oink | October 8, 2009, 17:03
  6. Downplay it? I don’t think so, this is a Vex beat-up.

    Leave Fev alone to get back to what he does best.

    Posted by LOL | October 8, 2009, 17:09
  7. woah. i thought something like this happened. hopefully this gets out. start spreading the word.

    Posted by toorak tractor | October 8, 2009, 17:19
  8. Brilliant work on this.

    And aside from Fevola’s serious mental issues, there’s another issue with the Herald Sun, why do they think they should be the keepers of secrets not the tellers of truth?

    Michael Warner wrote on September 29: Fevola, 28, has gone to ground since his Brownlow night of shame where he was seen vomiting, swearing, spilling beer, simulating sex acts and molesting women.

    But no mention of their own girl because she didn’t want it or it didn’t suit their greasy relationship with football predators and the clubs that pay them (and bribe their rape victims to go away)

    The mainstream media is far too insular and clubby. Their days of monopoly control of news are over…

    Posted by Impressed | October 8, 2009, 17:21
  9. Isn’t Katherine on stress leave over the incident?

    Posted by ugly | October 8, 2009, 17:31
  10. She doesn’t want to make herself look bad by revealing the incident so you go and out her name? SHAME INDEED

    Posted by Lauren jennifer Callahan | October 8, 2009, 17:42
  11. It’s just a face lick, big deal.

    Political correctness is running amok

    Posted by Allan Vira | October 8, 2009, 17:53
  12. Why is this being spread around now… Looks pike Carlton spin

    Posted by Why now? | October 8, 2009, 17:54
  13. Are we sure she didn’t want to say anything…

    Or have the Herald Sun management silenced her???????

    Posted by HenryLM | October 8, 2009, 17:57
  14. If she complains and no charges, will she be charged with making a false report to police?

    Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009, 18:12
  15. A charge of making a false report puts the onus of proof on showing that the offense did not happen. A failure to convict of the reported offense (generally happening due to a lack of evidence, an inability to prove the offense beyond reasonable doubt) is not enough.

    Posted by mick | October 8, 2009, 18:23
  16. we heard it first on vex. go andy

    Posted by god help us Rob Hulls is acting premier | October 8, 2009, 19:42
  17. I heard he tackled and dry-humped her, bit more serious than a lick?

    If true he should be in jail.

    Posted by ahem | October 8, 2009, 19:42
  18. get real! he was drunk, she was popping up everywere he went, and he was being sleezy. I mean come on people, wake up!

    Posted by charlie | October 8, 2009, 20:06
  19. she knows there was nothing in it, thats why she aint further persisting in the matter. Infact she s even all smiles for the camera. So you got your 5 minute of fame, you are were famous for that 5 minutes, so poff. Following around a drunken footballer waiting for something to arise and capture it. What did you think he was going to pull out a dildo? You wont fool me!

    Posted by charlie | October 8, 2009, 20:11
  20. I heard he did something else to twigley, anyone know anything?

    Posted by charlie | October 8, 2009, 20:13
  21. [deleted]

    Posted by anon | October 8, 2009, 20:53
  22. Fev enjoys an occasional private tug session by himself. Firkin just got in the way.

    Posted by What do you get for nothing | October 8, 2009, 22:43
  23. Go Lions!

    Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009, 22:48
  24. That’s ok – The Age will probably report it, now that it has appeared on this site.

    The story will say “sources have confirmed earlier reports that ….”… and so on….

    The Age won’t be able to resist the temptation….

    Posted by Rampant | October 8, 2009, 23:05
  25. This came from a mate of a mate of a mate of mine who was there on the night…..

    1. Punched out Marc Murphy
    2. Pushed Rebecca Twiggly to the ground when she tried to restrain him from attacking a security guard.
    3. Sexually assaulted a female journalist.
    4. Was involved in an incident with Gibbsy’s girlfriend which left her in tears.
    5. Had the 2IC of the AFL Adrian Anderson in a headlock (along with James Brayshaw)
    6. Abused Warren Tredrea, along with other high standing opposition players/officials
    7. Swore/abused Chris Judd repeatedly when he attempted to have words to him.
    8. Exposed himself to Rebecca Twigley asking her to accept it orally
    9. Punched a Channel 9 producer (don’t know who)
    10. Felt up Demetriou’s wife (might explain why he came out saying Fev had to clean his act)

    Posted by Fev's other exploits | October 8, 2009, 23:18
  26. I reckon someone gave him something ‘performance enhacing’ before his tv gig

    Posted by mmm | October 8, 2009, 23:23
  27. “Included in Fevola’s disgraceful behaviour on Brownlow night was sexual harassment of a young woman, a profanity-riddled spray on Judd, the smashing of a wine glass and an ugly animated attack on a highly regarded senior player from another club.”

    Did he jump on the “young woman”???

    Posted by why would anyone want him? | October 8, 2009, 23:27
  28. Hey, Fev’s other exploits: So what exactly did he do that was wrong? He sounds like a fun fella who livened up a dreary night.

    Posted by Cronulla Shark | October 8, 2009, 23:29
  29. Everybody has their bad days – maybe this was one of his. I have met him a number of times and observed him with a variety of people and have only seen him to be polite and friendly.

    Posted by f*ck this | October 8, 2009, 23:30
  30. [deleted]

    Posted by anon | October 8, 2009, 23:33
  31. There was a rumour on 3aw that a “high profile Blue pulled down the top of the girlfriend of an even higher profile player”

    Ya gotta love these bogans mucking up for our amusement.

    Posted by menzies spins in his grave | October 8, 2009, 23:37
  32. Firkin hell Fev is a wanker. Sack him now and we do not want Barry Hall at Footscray eithor; another wanker

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | October 9, 2009, 0:27
  33. I heard that Fevola’s mum given him a Viagra on the night but he stuck it up his bum which explains his behaviour.

    Posted by Court Jester | October 9, 2009, 0:45
  34. I have no doubt BRENDON FEVOLA was SPIKED, and was drugged by someone. It happens all the time else were in our city night life.

    Posted by charlie | October 9, 2009, 2:06
  35. I AGREE, HE WAS DRUGGED BY SOMEONE!

    Posted by ADRIAN | October 9, 2009, 2:07
  36. I THINK HIS BEEN DRUGED, HE HAD ASCUFFLE WITH FEV, HE DID NOT EXPOSE HIMSELF TO TWIGLEY, HE PISSES ON JUDDYS LEG, HE EXPOSED HIMSELF A FEW TIMES, ONCE DIRECTING TO GIBBS GIRL AND FELT UP DIMITRIOS WIFE. YOU CAN SEE IT WAS NOT JUST ALCHOHOL AND THIS MAN WAS SPIKED FOR SURE. I WOULD BE INVESTIGATING CROWN EMPLOYEES AND OTHER AVENUES.

    Posted by MRC | October 9, 2009, 2:17
  37. I cannot believe you have named a sexual assault victim. This is incredibly unethical and immoral. Her name should be removed immediately. Just becasue she is a reporter doesn’t make her public property. I am horrified- what next? You’ll be publishing rape victims details too??

    Posted by jeff | October 9, 2009, 5:17
  38. Can I just copy’n'paste an hilarious email I got regarding the Fev incident……

    And who among us can honestly say he’s never…

    [X] admitted this morning he couldn’t remember anything…

    [X] was seen holding two Crown Lagers…

    [X] simulated sex… puckered up for some unsuspecting WAGs and bystanders, and swore black and blue…

    [X] had several mishaps, including knocking a full bottle of beer out of [X]‘s hand that went flying into the crowd…

    [X] lurched and fell on to a barricade…

    [X] then tried to pay a waiter more than $500 for giving him free alcohol… [OK, maybe not this one]

    [X] was seen on the balcony… smoking cigarettes in the rain and vomiting.

    [X] slapped [his mates] in the face, only to then passionately hug and kiss them.

    [X] said “I love you man, I really, really love you.”

    Posted by Fev email | October 9, 2009, 5:29
  39. Should be in a cage.

    Scum of the highest order.

    Posted by seriously | October 9, 2009, 6:13
  40. I heard this too and heard that Fev had to be dragged off the girl.

    Sounds worse than “harassment”

    Posted by shame Fev shame | October 9, 2009, 6:16
  41. Carlton will not win a flag while Fev is there

    Posted by the facts | October 9, 2009, 6:17
  42. FEV’s RAPSHEET

    1. Punched out Marc Murphy
    2. Pushed Rebecca Twiggly to the ground when she tried to restrain him from attacking a security guard.
    3. Sexually assaulted a female journalist.
    4. Was involved in an incident with Gibbsy’s girlfriend which left her in tears.
    5. Had the 2IC of the AFL Adrian Anderson in a headlock (along with James Brayshaw)
    6. Abused Warren Tredrea, along with other high standing opposition players/officials
    7. Swore/abused Chris Judd repeatedly when he attempted to have words to him.
    8. Exposed himself to Rebecca Twigley asking her to accept it orally
    9. Punched a Channel 9 producer (don’t know who)
    10. Felt up Demetriou’s wife (might explain why he came out saying Fev had to clean his act)
    11. Pulled down Twigley’s top leading Chris Judd to tell Carlton “either he goes or I go”.

    Posted by the facts | October 9, 2009, 6:18
  43. This is a standard night out in Melon.

    Not sure what the fuss is about to be honest…

    Posted by lol | October 9, 2009, 6:19
  44. Andrian Anderson in a headlock. I’d like to see that.

    Posted by good one | October 9, 2009, 6:20
  45. Greg Swann is going to hand Lions a Flag.

    Posted by shite | October 9, 2009, 6:21
  46. I hear he also used the wrong fork at the Brownlow. Essendon supporters have such high standards. You just want to derail a superior club

    Posted by oh no! | October 9, 2009, 6:26
  47. Enough of these nasty lies about Fev. You all reckon he

    * Got drunk/high
    * Swore at Juddy or gave him a wedgie
    * Pissed in the fish pond
    * Poked a pokie machine
    * Gave Twiggers a nipple cripple
    * Took a lamb cutlet off Adrian Anderson’s dinner plate
    * Gargled the toilet water at Crown
    * Had sex with a frozen chicken
    * Raped Eddie McGuire’s mule

    Posted by careless whispers | October 9, 2009, 6:31
  48. I am angry

    Posted by Alex Fev | October 9, 2009, 6:33
  49. I’ve done worse, what’s the fuss about?

    Posted by Wayne Carey | October 9, 2009, 6:33
  50. * told a lot of people to f*ck off
    * abused Gibbsy’s girlfriend
    * got in a heated argument with Murphy
    * hit Murphy
    * hit another Carlton player
    * touched up Twigley
    * urinated on Judd
    * exposed himself to various people
    * touched up some journo (as above)
    * chucked up
    * pushed Ratten
    * had a dust up/argument with a player from another club

    Posted by postman's knock | October 9, 2009, 6:35
  51. -Fev groped Rebecca Twigley (tits were grabbed) remark was made.
    -Dust up between players followed, very heated exchange of words between the 6 involved (Thinks 5 were Carlton players).
    -Fev wipes vomit on Rebecca Twigley after incident.
    -Gibb’s missus throws her 2 bob’s worth in, Fev turns and goes off at her.
    -Fev is questioned by missus Alex, a very public yelling match..
    -Fev grabs Murph & Gibbs in attempt to smooth things over, they apparently didnt look too welcoming at first, but after a few minutes they seem calm.

    -Large crowd of people watch the whole thing unfold.

    LOL

    Posted by sad truth | October 9, 2009, 6:37
  52. I’ll defend you in court Fev. Give me a call. I’m sure you have my number……..

    Posted by Zara GW | October 9, 2009, 8:56
  53. Well done VEX and shame on the HUN for not reporting the whole truth!

    Posted by jason phillips | October 9, 2009, 21:24
  54. Im now convinced its all bullshit because there is no way he could have grabbed Twigley’s tits…..she has none!

    Posted by Come To Mamma | October 9, 2009, 21:36
  55. Some of the comments explaining what happened are just copy and paste jobs from emails that have been floating around. I don’t think they are true at all.
    This [deleted] story is the truth.

    Hey what rhymes with merkin?

    Posted by toorak tractor | October 11, 2009, 12:03
  56. Can’t the AFL ban him as a player? Fevola is the most disgusting excuse for a man!

    Posted by Rachel | October 12, 2009, 15:27
  57. You’ve removed the journalist’s name from the article, but not from the web address of the article.

    Posted by Raph | October 13, 2009, 15:04
  58. I personally know the journalist that Fevola harrassed. To read comments suggesting that she got her 5 minutes of fame or that it may not be true is disgraceful. She told me personally about how disgusting his behaviour was on the night.
    Then he has the gall to come out in a press conference and said he apologised in the fashion of a naughty little boy who knows he has got away with it. The man is scum and he will still earn hundreds of thousands over the next couple of years. It makes me sick.

    Posted by Disgusted | October 13, 2009, 22:22
  59. I also know the journalist, and inside knews is she was as drubk as he was!!!

    Posted by Non Believer | March 7, 2010, 22:50
  60. I also know the journalist, and inside knews is she was as drunk as he was!!!

    Posted by Non Believer | March 7, 2010, 22:51
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