Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

EXCLUSIVE

The woman at the center of the sexting scandal that led to the resignation of former Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine has today filed a claim for sexual harassment against Cricket Tasmania in federal court.

Renee Ferguson, 47, has revealed that she complained about sexual harassment in the office before her decision to quit her job – but the previous complaint did not concern Mr Paine or his brother-in-law, but another man in the office.

Paine has previously admitted to texting the woman – including a photograph of his penis – but stated that it was with consent.

An investigation into the case by Cricket Tasmania previously showed that the exchange of texts between the woman and Mr Paine was consensus. But lawyers for the woman say she was never interviewed.

The former captain of Australia's Test cricket team will be replaced by Pat Cummins.  Photo: Chris Kidd
The former captain of Australia’s Test cricket team will be replaced by Pat Cummins. Photo: Chris KiddSource: News Corp Australia
Renee Ferguson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Cricket Tasmania.Source: news.com.au

In a 17-page document filed with the federal court, attorneys acting for the woman have filed an initial application under Act on the Australian Commission on Human Rights for sexual harassment.

It includes an allegation that she has previously filed a complaint of sexual harassment regarding another Cricket Tasmania employee to the Human Resources manager. This complaint did not concern Mr Paine.

She later resigned from her role in Cricket Tasmania after being accused of stealing. She was indicted in that case and will face Tasmanian Magistrates Court in January.

The legal document also outlines a series of sexualized teases she was subjected to in her job, including being told: “Get on with your mole,” a reference to Snapchat, in a conversation with Mr Paine’s brother-in-law Shannon Tubb.

The lyrics appeared last week after Herald Sun. obtained the correspondence between the woman and Tim Paine, which took place in late 2017.

“We’re both sorry if this got out,” the woman wrote to Mr Paine.

Sir. Paine then posted a picture of his penis with the text “True, so damn it”, citing that the messages became public.

He also said to the woman: “I’m about to give something specific a pull, I think myself (blinking emoji). Well, I would have that anyway.”

The woman then tried to change the subject and said, “Ha, sorry, I’m getting ready for work … it’s a big day for us kids.”

Paine replied, “Do you want to taste my ass? F *** me, I’m seriously tough.”

The woman again tried to move the conversation forward and wrote, “I thought we were resting hands ???”

Paine continued, “Can’t rest them when I’m feeling so hard! Need to ease the tension … Finish me off with those lips then. (Blink emoji) #trust.”

The woman withdrew from Cricket Tasmania in 2017.

Tim Paine has stopped as test captain in the middle of the scandal. Photo: News Corp AustraliaSource: Delivered

She also claimed that Mr Paine’s brother-in-law, Mr Tubb, who is married to his sister, allegedly wrote messages to her, including: “I would like to put my c *** between your t ***.”

He also reportedly wrote: “You made me hard today, I know you noticed it.”

Another message said, “Send me something I want to play with myself.”

“F *** your t *** looks massive today,” it was claimed that Mr Tubb also wrote in a message posted on Snapchat.

On the question of sexting off Herald Sun. on Sunday, Mr Tubb replied: “There are no comments at all on the partner, I’m sorry.”

Earlier today, Mr Paine announced that he was taking leave from all forms of cricket in the “foreseeable future”.

The decision essentially excludes him from the ashes and puts his international career in serious doubt.

Cricket Tasmania issued a statement announcing the news Friday morning, saying it will “continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer”.

“Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. His place in the squad will be taken over by Charlie Wakim, “the statement read.

“Confirms that Tim Paine is stepping down from cricket for an indefinite break in mental health. We are extremely concerned about his and Bonnie’s well – being and will not comment further at this time,” said Mr Paine’s manager, James Henderson.

Cricket Tasmania boss Dominic Baker told ABC radio in Hobart: “It’s a traumatic event for him… a week ago he was Australian captain so these things take time. I think he has done the right thing, he prioritises his welfare and his family welfare. ”

Sir. Paine’s wife Bonnie spoke last weekend about the scandal, saying she was sad that her husband was forced to relive a shameful moment that he deeply regrets.

“I have a bit of sympathy for Tim. Very much so. He and I went through all of this privately in 2018,” she said. Sunday Herald Sun..

“It broke my heart to be honest,” Bonnie said.

“It’s sad that he felt he had to step down as captain over it, and I just think it’s unfair. I was sorry for him.

“My confidence was a bit shattered by it and it was a process to learn to try and trust again. I was in doubt and there were times when I wanted to leave and there were times when I did not “was sure what I wanted to do. It was very confusing. It took a long time for us to be strong again, and for us to be in a good place, but we are now.”

Paine spoke last week about his decision to step down as captain: “Even though I was acquitted (by CA and CT examinations), I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and I still do today. I spoke with my wife and family at the time and are immensely grateful for their forgiveness and support.

“We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years. However, I recently became aware that this private text exchange would be public.

Paine’s wife, Bonnie Paine (pictured), said she saw her husband involved in the sexting scandal “breaking her heart”. Photo: InstagramSource: Delivered

“On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain or the wider community. I am deeply saddened by the wounds and pain I have inflicted on my wife, my family and the other party.

“I’m sorry for any damage this does to our sport’s reputation. And I think it’s the right decision for me to step down as captain with immediate effect. I do not want this to be an unwelcome disruption to the team. ahead of what is a huge Ashes series.

“To Australian cricket fans – I am deeply saddened that my past behavior has affected our play on the threshold of the ashes. I apologize for the disappointment I have caused for fans and the entire cricket community.

“I have been blessed with a wonderful, loving and supportive family, and it breaks my heart to know how much I have failed them. They have always stood by me, been my most loyal fans, and I am them. grateful for their support.

“I want to remain a committed member of the Australian cricket team and look forward to what a huge Ashes tour is.”

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