Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

The former Cricket Tasmania employee at the center of the sexting scandal that led to the withdrawal of former Australian Test captain Tim Paine has reportedly filed a sexual harassment claim against the organization in federal court today.

Renee Ferguson, 47, allegedly claims she complained about cases of sexual harassment at the Cricket Tasmania officer before resigning from her job at Cricket Tasmania.

The complaint does not concern Paine or his brother-in-law Shannon Tubb, both of whom have reportedly sent lewd messages to Mrs Ferguson in the past.

According to, Ms. Ferguson filed a 17-page document in federal court in which attorneys, on her behalf, filed an initial application under Act on the Australian Commission on Human Rights for sexual harassment.

In it, Ms. Ferguson claims she had filed a complaint of sexual harassment against another Cricket Tasmania with the organization’s chief of staff. The complaint does not concern Paine or Tubb, but another man in the office.

Ferguson resigned from her position in the state cricket organization in 2017 after she was accused of stealing. She was later charged in connection with the case and is due to face Tasmanian Magistrates Court early next year.

It is reported that the document contains several instances of sexualized teasing that Mrs Ferguson was subjected to during her time at Cricket Tasmania, including being asked to “get on snap your mole” by Tubb.

Former Australian Test skipper Tim Paine has left cricket for the foreseeable future.
Camera iconFormer Australian Test skipper Tim Paine has left cricket for the foreseeable future. Credit: ETHAN JAMES/AAPIMAGE

The news comes just hours after Cricket Tasmania announced that Paine would take cricket leave in the “foreseeable future”, a week after he resigned as Australian captain following the revelation of his sexting scandal.

“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer,” the statement said.

Paine’s test career is almost certainly over after the decision, with fast bowler Pat Cummins today announced as his replacement.

Paine was acquitted of any offense by Cricket Tasmania in connection with the incident in 2018, but Ferguson’s lawyers allegedly claim she was never interviewed.

Ms Ferguson also claims that Tubb, who is married to Paine’s sister, sent messages to her, including “I would like to put my c *** in between your t ***.” as well as “F *** your t *** looks massive today.”


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