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Volume 6 No. 234
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AFL Exec Under Investigation Over Sexual Harrassment Complaint

A senior Australian Football League club figure is "under investigation over a sexual harassment complaint," according to Stephen Drill of the HERALD SUN. A club reportedly received a complaint about the man's behavior toward a woman. The club, which followed appropriate procedure, then forwarded the complaint to the AFL. A league spokesperson said, "The AFL can confirm a club has reported a complaint under the Respect and Responsibility Policy, which they want investigated. It involves an allegation of sexual harassment. The AFL notes that the person has strongly denied the allegation and welcomes an investigation into the complaint and will fully co-operate." The figure has reportedly been accused of "making inappropriate sexual comments" toward the woman. The club did not immediately comment (HERALD SUN, 12/16). In Sydney, Anthony Colangelo reported the "new look" respect and responsibility policy was released in mid-November. It came after Richmond player Nathan Broad was suspended for the first three games of '18 for sharing a photo of a topless woman without her consent and after AFL execs Richard Simkiss and Simon Lethlean were "forced to resign over relationships in the workplace." Last week, an AFL staffer was forced to resign following a "string of sexual harassment complaints" from women at league HQ (THE AGE, 12/17).