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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Botched Rape Investigation - AFL Player Walks

It seems almost unbelievable. Personally, I can't imagine anything worse than a night out at Melbourne's dodgy Crown Casino. Yet alone "partying" with the Carlton Football Club and sleeping with has-been Brad Pearce. But to wake up to find some disgusting prick raping you ... well it's just horrible beyond compare.

Well, that's what apparently happened to one poor young lady in 1999. Heath "The Culprit" Culpitt decided that, in the world of AFL football, it's one in, all in. One of his mates had picked up, so he reckoned he was in too.

Naturally, she went to the police about this crime. No behind the scenes pay-off from Culpitt's employer or "rape fees" paid from the AFL's coffers (as they propose). But this is where the story takes a breathtaking turn.

The police completely botched the investigation. The Assistant Commissioner (Simon Overland) said "We believe what she's told us but we don't have sufficient evidence to bring a case." Where is the evidence? The detectives assigned to the case ignored her calls for years, neglected to examine the crime scene, didn't interview witnesses for five years, failed to take any DNA samples and - get this - mysteriously "lost" the interview tape.

While Overland describes this as an "almost total systems failure", I would suggest this incompetence is of such a degree that we can't rule out corrupt behaviour. Are these awe-struck detectives so beholden by the bewitching spell of footy fame that they feel AFL players are entitled to a few rapes? Are they Carlton fans, perhaps? Did they ask for autographs? Do they collect stickers and bubble-gum swap cards? Were they just so excited at meeting their (22 year-old) hero that they lost all perspective? This possibility appears to have at least been entertained by the police top brass:

Mr Overland admitted that while most police were not reluctant to investigate famous people, he could not discount the possibility that some officers "wouldn't be intimidated or wouldn't have other reasons for perhaps not pursuing allegations against high-profile people as vigorously as they might". (The Age, 10/02/05)

Now, the boss is making soothing remarks about the detectives' culpability in all this, and asks us to trust the police - who showed no interest in pursuing justice in this poor woman's case - to investigate allegations against their colleagues (The Age, 14/04/05)!

To have been sexually assaulted by an AFL player must be a truly horrible experience. To be then subjected to unsympathetic, unprofessional and incompetent - or possibly even corrupt - investigators is harrowing and can only worsen the impact of the crime.

As bad as that is, we should not lose sight of the central allegation: that Heath Culpitt sexually assaulted a sleeping woman. It's telling that this crime of violence and misogyny (allegedly) happened in a group (tribal) situation just three days after Carlton lost the Grand Final. (This circumstance is an automatic "Red Light" on the AFL Player Threat Index - for this very reason.)

Please, do not pick up any suspected AFL players. Do not flirt with them or let them buy you drinks. Do not hang out with them. Do not even go near them. They are just too dangerous, and too likely to get away Scott free with whatever they want.

*** UPDATE ***
The woman at the centre of this harrowing ordeal has identified herself as "Kate" and come forward with her story to the Herald-Sun, in light of the hurtful, painful remarks by chauvinist Jack Elliott:

A WOMAN who claims she was raped by a Carlton footballer has called on John Elliott to help her.

"Kate", who alleges she was raped at a party after Carlton's 1999 Grand Final loss, says the former Blues boss must tell police everything he knows.

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"Rape is rape and I've been fighting for justice since 1999," Kate said yesterday.

"I hope Victoria Police have taken notice of Mr Elliott's statement and ask some very serious questions.

"If you know something, Mr Elliott, please come forward. If you are talking about me, please help me and do what is right."

But Mr Elliott told the Herald Sun he had no interest in helping her.

"She said what? I have no idea and I'm not interested. The story has got totally out of hand. I'm really not interested at all," he said. (Herald-Sun, 24/7/2009)


She has also written an open letter to Elliott, to which I hope he responds. He needs to man up and account for his behaviour:
Dear Mr Elliott,

I read with much interest the comments you made on Sunday regarding allegations of rape made against players of the Carlton Football Club during the time that you were president.

The Sunday Herald Sun reported that the football club had concerns one woman might be telling the truth and that she had also accepted hush money.

I assume that I am that "one woman" you were referring to, as my case was the only one to have reached the public domain.

First, can I remind you of the fact that no, I never once accepted any so-called "hush money" - and you know that.

You would also know that not once did I ask anyone for any amount of money, nor was I offered any. (Herald-Sun, 24/6/2009)


As you can see from some of the comments, Kate has been attacked by some of the hateful, clueless idiots who post here. She has even been approached by a producer from Nine's 60 Minutes, no doubt eager to sensationalise her story to diffuse their problems with their own star, Matty Johns.

At The Speccy, we're pleased that Kate's found the strength to take this to another level of exposure and wish her the best in fight for justice. It's certainly been far too long coming.

Citations: The Age, 10/02/05; The Age, 14/04/05

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  • Heath Culpitt is one of the nicest men i have had the pleasure of meeting, a complete gentleman with a great personality and a fantastic sportsman. I find it very difficult to believe he is capable of rape. The amount of tarts who throw themselves on professional sportsmen makes me sick and chances are this girl is the same.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 pm, March 17, 2006  

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  • It's no surprise that so many of these rapes go unprotested or uninvestigated thanks to out-dated attitudes like yours.

    I hope that this kind of stereotyping and misogyny doesn't dissuade young women from coming forwards and telling their stories.

    Oh, and a character reference from someone unwilling to use their name? Hardly speaks well of either of you ... why bother?

    -Greg.

    By Blogger Greg, at 6:02 pm, March 17, 2006  

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  • Sorry Greg, did you just imply you were couragoues by leaving your first name? "WHY BOTHER?"

    Anyway im sure Heath is a kind, engageing fellow and i am also sure there are many women who value the status of celebrity over their own virtue. But what guy wouldnt want to be with the many gorgeous female celebrities out there? Only individuals are to blame for their own actions not all women because a few 'tarts' or all men because one man rapes.

    Unfortantly there was no evidence to convict anyone and so the innocence must be presumed. THis is one of our must fundamental legal precepts and must be upheld. However there could be a case for civil action whereby there is a lesser standard of evidence required. Perphaps the unfortunate girl could pursue this avenue?

    I hope the both of you morons can appreciatate the complexity of guy/girl dynamics and realise your views of the world are so limited if you boil everything down to girls are tarts guys are misogynistic.

    Oh and anonymous if you think nice people are not capable of bad things you are an idiot. Remember yin/yan? white drop in a black tear, black drop in a white tear.
    You know what that means right?

    By Anonymous Hugo Farraway, at 4:26 pm, July 04, 2006  

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  • Yes, it is cowardly to not put your name againsts your public remarks. Or, even to use a nom de plume, "Hugo Farraway".

    And while I regard the presumption of innocence as important, the right to criticise the justice system is even more fundamental. So, I support our top detective Simon Overland in making his remarks public, and echo them here.

    Next, I, too, regard the above anonymous poster as an idiot (perhaps why he/she wishes to be anonymous?). However complex girl/guy relations are, they can be "boiled down" to a matter of law. Rooting someone when they're asleep means that no consent has been given, in which case it is rape. That is true regardless of any other social context or business transactions.

    If justice is miscarried because of systemic or human failings, then that is a matter or deep sadness for victim and the wider community.

    By Blogger Greg, at 1:08 pm, July 05, 2006  

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  • Well Greg,

    Hugo Farraway is my name idiot.
    Hugh Farraway, and yes, hugh go far away was a very popular joke throughout my life and thus hugo is an appropriate nickname. So a non nom de plume is what it is. thanks.

    And yes, I understand the world would be an easier place to live in if we could iron out the complexities of relationships into the simple black and white of common law, unfortunatly however much you try it aint going to happen. But we digress on this point so lets get back on track.

    THe point is unless you are privvy to the entire court documents or police files you are not informed of the entire story. Whether Heath is guilty or not he is entitled to due process and comments from police which you have only exacerbated prejudice his chances of a fair trial. And dont for a second think that I am in any way condoning the actions of rapists or marginilising what rape victims experiance during such attacks and in the long years of recovery afterwards. Your stance is understandable and indeed commendable but that in no way gives you the right to destroy a persons reputation.

    And as I'm sure you think destroying his name will protect more people from the threat of right please bear in mind the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. Many crimes are inflicted as a consequence of public witchhunts and you should be mindful of such whim and folly in the future.

    Hugh Farraway

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:24 pm, July 11, 2006  

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  • I'm not sure that there is anyone called "Hugh Farraway" either ... but that's not important.

    I'll admit that Simon Overland - and myself - have skated close to the wind in speaking out against that little shit and what he's gotten away with. However, the fact that the police dropped the investigation - after stuffing it up royally - means that he will not face trial and hence this is not going to jeopardise his fair hearing.

    It also looks like the detectives' culpability in this - in particular where they fall on the incompetence/corruption spectrum - will also not be determined by a judicial figure.

    In speaking out, I hope that more people become aware of the dangers of AFL players and hence further rapes and assaults are avoided. This scrutiny also pressures police to lift their game when it comes to sweeping unwelcome allegations under the rug.

    These two goals are balanced against Heath Culpitt's interests. If Heath has a problem with that, he's welcome to respond.

    By Blogger Greg, at 5:17 pm, July 11, 2006  

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  • I just wanted to say that I can't believe Heath is capable of any thing of the sort. This is comming from a girl who once DATED him and still currently in contact with him. Also, I think it's pathetic that you guys are even commenting on something you clearly know nothing about. Whether you leave your names or not. Grow up. Get a life. And stay out of Heaths'. Guarenteed he doesn't give a shit about what mindless no-bodies think of him.
    Jet Acton.

    By Anonymous Jet Acton, at 11:42 am, October 24, 2006  

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  • I don't really care what you think Heath is or isn't capable of ... oh wait ... you're not a County Court judge are you? A clinical psychologist specialised in rapists, perhaps? Maybe you were there that night when the (alleged) attack took place? No? Then STFU.

    Just because you've "dated" him doesn't give you any insights or special claims to knowledge.

    I will speak my mind on this disgusting miscarriage of justice. People have a right to know about these allegations. The fact that some dodgy detectives "stuffed it up" (most charitable view) ensuring it never goes further is appalling.

    Of course, Heath is welcome to the presumption of innocence and sadly the allegations will never get tested in court.

    Why don't you take a page out of Heath's book and butt right out. Go on; piss off and whine to someone who cares.

    By Blogger Greg, at 6:36 pm, October 24, 2006  

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  • Hugo Farrawy ( if that is your real name .... )Im actually replused by such a naive and sexist belief as your original post. You sound like a complete chauvinist, like Heath...
    Heath Culpitt is a pig. Adeladie knows that after his stint at Glenelg, before he was dropped for not " heading in the same direction as the club".. If he is one of the nicest men you have had the pleasure in meeting , Im sorry for that. I feel sorrier for the poor girl that carries the horror of that night, every day with her...

    By Anonymous K.F, at 10:13 am, June 09, 2007  

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  • Sorry Hugo thought the first post was yours... my bad....

    By Anonymous k.f, at 10:18 am, June 09, 2007  

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  • this is for greg, i cant tell you my name for legal reasons but i am the girl who was rapped by heath and i just want to thank you very much for sticking up for me, that girl has no idea how i feel right now and what i went through, i am glad to see that there are a few kind peop;e in this world that understand that being rapped and stuffed over by the police all in one time is horrible.
    Anyway greg thanks lost.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:04 pm, January 23, 2009  

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  • hugo faraway this is my message to you, get f#@*&^$ how dare you put me as a victim of this event in a catagorie of a tart or slut, listen here weather im a tart or a slut or even a normal person on the street when i say no its f$%&^%!@ NO NO NO NO.i hope this experiance happens to your self so then you can relise what it feels like.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:06 pm, February 04, 2009  

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  • your all absolute fuckwits! lol you say someone cant comment cause they werent there but then you comment! when clearly you werent there either! so shut the f up ! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:35 pm, April 20, 2009  

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  • well i was the women that was raped so i can comment

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:29 pm, May 13, 2009  

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  • HI Greg

    I am a producer with 60 Minutes and am looking into the whole issues of the NRL and AFL's treatment of women.
    I have been reading your site with interest - there's a lot of great info here with some pretty scary reading.
    I was hoping to try and get in touch with the woman who was raped by Heath - it's a horrendous story.
    If you can help of if the lady herself reads this please contact my at jtimms@nine.com.au

    If you, or anyone else, have any other suggestions about other cases worth looking into I would very much like to hear more.

    Kind regards

    Julia Timms
    Producer
    60 Minutes

    By Anonymous Julia, at 5:00 pm, May 14, 2009  

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  • Hi Julia,

    I don't have the contact details for the woman allegedly[*] raped by Heath Culpitt.

    She's commented here a few times, so maybe she'll read your request.

    I would sound a note of caution to anyone about going to Channel Nine on this issue. This story has been in the public domain for over four years. Why the sudden interest? Obviously, it's about the Matthew Johns group-sex imbroglio and the 4 Corners' story about the NRL's problems with misogyny.

    Channel Nine has dropped Matty Johns from The Footy Show (rugby version). Channel Nine also dropped Sam Newman from the AFL one - for a few weeks. Will Matty be similarly resurrected too?

    It's also come to light that Nine sports reporter Danny Weidler knew about the Johns affair "for years" - but didn't see fit to report on it. Why? It's certainly newsworthy. Because it damages one of Nine's stars?

    Lastly, let's not forget that Channel Nine dredged up Tanya Boyd to drag the victim's name through the mud, presumably in an attempt to protect their investment in Johns.

    Right now, NRL is under a lot of scrutiny around these issues. NRL is partnered with Nine. Bringing the AFL into it (broadcast on Seven and Ten) would help broaden the focus away from Nine's investments.

    If there are any stories to be told about AFL footballer misbehaviour - and there certainly are - I would not trust Nine to do a good job on it right now.

    -Greg.

    [*] I think we need to be mindful that the claims against Culpitt will never be tested in court so he's entitled to the presumption of innocence. Frustratingly, the police actions in this case mean that Culpitt won't get to clear his name and the victim won't see justice.

    By Blogger Greg, at 10:36 am, May 16, 2009  

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  • Hi Greg

    I think most media and Australians would be in agreement that Tracey Grimshaw did a fantastic piece of journalism on A Current Affair last week. Her editorial, coupled with her interview with Matthew Johns did not hold back. It was a great interview. And one that shows the network does not shirk from asking the tough questions. But also think broadening the coverage to include the AFL would be a good thing.
    I also take your point about Cuplitt's innocence but would still very much like to talk to the girl. I will let you know if she contacts me.
    Kind regards

    Julia

    By Anonymous Julia Timms, at 4:56 pm, May 19, 2009  

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  • Sure, Julia, from all accounts Tracey Grimshaw did a great job and didn't pull any punches.

    I guess any prospective subjects for 60 Minutes would have to weight that against knowing that Channel Nine sat on the Matty Johns story for years and it was only when Four Corners looked into it that your employer responded.

    It's worth noting that, according to Crikey, this same network ran with an "irrelevant 'scoop' from Danny Weidler that the father of the woman allegedly assaulted by Manly’s Brett Stewart had been convicted of fraud."I mean, really: is this the kind of thing that encourages people to come forwards with their story? Poking around the credit history of the victim's family? I know I'd have a long hard think and would be inclined to look to our excellent public broadcasters.

    By Blogger Greg, at 11:57 pm, May 20, 2009  

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  • shame on the AFL and now shame on john elliott and carlton.both are jokes.
    2007 white ribbon day video featuring jason johnson of essendon,( google it ) this poor girl has had everything thrown at her. now elliot says 4-5 girls accepted money to go away ( hereald sun sunday 21st june )
    typical boys club mentality. hope she tells all to 60 minutes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:45 pm, June 21, 2009  

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  • Yes, John Elliott has confirmed what was an open secret: AFL clubs have been paying off rape victims, often with amounts as low as $5,000. And, even more disturbingly, even when they had significant doubts about the player's conduct.

    Thank God the AFL never got its proposed "rape tribunal" off the ground.

    If you've been assaulted by an AFL footballer, go to the police. Please, do not try to sort it out with compo - these players need to know that they will be investigated and charged. Cases of gross incompetence or corruption like the above are the exception, not the norm.

    By Blogger Greg, at 5:33 pm, June 21, 2009  

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  • Well as the victim here, i just want to let you know that john elliot and myself had a meeting and i was not offered any money at all, he is full of shit, the one case he was so worried about was myself's case,funny isn't it i get made out to be the bad person and all along the afl and john elliot (idiot) knew the truth, this wont be the end of this as i once stopped fighting but now i will get the justice i deserve, and i wont go down without a fight, and if heath culpit was any kind of person he would own up to what he done to me and so would everyone else involved, this has destroyed my life and im sick of having to re live it over and over again, but i will because i know the truth, it was never about money to me so lets get that straight right now, i wanted him to be put behind bars like any normal person who done the same thing would, but HUSH money well this didnt go ahead because i belive the police were given HUSH money to botch my rape case.
    All you heartless people on this telling me bull shit and making me feel like shit should stay out of it and have a heart remember, i live with this everyday not u.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 pm, June 21, 2009  

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  • You go girl, give it your all, you deserve to live a normal life.. up yours Carlton, your not so "MIGHTY" after all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:44 am, June 24, 2009  

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  • Heath Culpitt - shit ordinary football and if these allegations are true a shit ordinary bloke as well.

    Sounds like a barrel roll and Kannanook Bath is is order!

    By Anonymous Pickman, at 9:13 pm, June 25, 2009  

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  • my name is Kate, you want to know the story, go to my web site,
    http://myjustice.webs.com/ this is something i done so that anyone who wants to know the full story can see.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 pm, July 16, 2009  

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  • wow, you poor girl. my mum was in tears of anger after reading it.
    we hope some day you get jutice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:10 pm, July 22, 2009  

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  • thankyou very much, there should be more suppotive people out there, it brought a taer to my eye after raeding your post, as its good to see someone with a kind heart, i am not giving up, i will fight till the end, and i will get justice.
    thanks/kate

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 am, July 23, 2009  

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  • The victim of this disgusting travesty, "Kate", has told her story tonight on the respected ABC current affairs show The 7.30 Report.

    I think the story was handled sensitively and sympathetically and I'm pleased she stayed away from the muck-racking sensationalists at rival 60 Minutes.

    I strongly suggest readers check out Kate's harrowing story in her own words at her website.

    By Blogger Greg, at 10:30 pm, August 27, 2009  

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  • Turns out she did accept money, by her own admission and that of her lawyer and Vic Police.
    That doesn't change what may have happened to her it just muddies the waters as to what we can believe that comes out of her mouth.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 9:19 am, August 28, 2009  

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  • Matthew, please explain how accepting compensation from a major police failure "muddies the water" or undermines her believability?

    Are you suggesting she was engaged in some sort of "long con", whereby she fabricated events and was relying on the police to stuff up in order to win compensation from them some five years later?

    The only "muddying of the waters" going on here is from you.

    By Blogger Greg, at 10:14 am, August 28, 2009  

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  • Ummmm Greg I would say that the constant statements of never receiving any money might be in conflict of her actually receiving money. Is that too hard a concept for you to understand.
    If the Police buggered it all up and they offer compensation then that is one thing. But when the recipient says over and over again that she didn't receive any money then that would be what is commonly known as a lie.
    It's great that you are a crusader for Kate but I am not sure that ignoring certain facts to further your argument helps your credibility.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 10:44 am, August 28, 2009  

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  • Nice try Matthew, but your high school debating tricks won't work here.

    There is an obvious and important distinction between saying "I didn't receive hush money from the Carlton Football Club" and "I didn't receive financial compensation from Victoria Police".

    You can try to conflate them into the one statement ("I didn't receive any money"), but that is just yet more "muddying the waters".

    People who aren't besotted Carlton apologists understand the distinction. Your efforts to bring them together in a feeble effort to smear "Kate" as a liar are weak and blatant.

    So, come on then: a simple yes or no. Are you saying "Kate's" claims are suspect because there's a good chance she fabricated the whole thing in order to extract money from Victoria Police?

    Yes or no.

    By Blogger Greg, at 12:09 pm, August 28, 2009  

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  • I never claimed that Kate fabricated anything, they were your words.
    I have no allegiance to John Elliot or Heath Culpit.
    I never at any stage said that I was referring to receiving money from Carlton. That is something you have conflated.
    I said that she has and continues to lie about receiving money. http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-generic-blog/police-react-to-raped-womans-claims/20090828-f1tm.html follow the link listen from 6 minutes in

    By Blogger Matthew, at 1:14 pm, August 28, 2009  

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  • http://www.3aw.com.au/displayPopUpPlayerAction.action?&url=http://media.mytalk.com.au/3AW/AUDIO/280809_Kate_Lawyer.mp3

    follow that link to hear her lawyer say that she lied

    By Blogger Matthew, at 1:16 pm, August 28, 2009  

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  • Incorrect.

    This is most definitely not the tape where you can "hear her lawyer say that she lied".

    This is where you hear her lawyer confirm that the police paid compensation. (NB: he also says the police broke confidentiality agreements if they leaked this.)

    To support your allegation that she lied about receiving police compo, you need to provide a link to her claiming she never received police compo.

    So if you think she's lying about the compo, but she didn't fabricate any events, then what "waters" exactly do you think this allegation of yours "muddies"?

    Regardless of the underlying alleged criminality, the acknowledged facts are that "Kate" was treated atrociously by the police. After a long and bitter struggle she received compensation for that.

    For you to misconstrue that as a lie to smear her credibility, only to cry "oh, but I'm not saying that that she fabricated anything" when pressed is a low act.

    By Blogger Greg, at 12:54 am, August 29, 2009  

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  • So you really think that the tape where she says she didn't receive any money on Melbourne radio has been fabricated? You don't think that was "Kate" who called Neil Mitchell yesterday morning and stated quite clearly that she didn't receive any money?
    You are deluded. Sad. Incorrect.
    Which is probably why you haven't "written" "cut and paste" anything in season '09. I have read 3 "articles" and found that you are incorrect in each of them and proven that you are incorrect.
    Somebodies credibility is damaged when they are found to be incorrect over and over and over again and the same thing happens when they lie and are caught lying and that lie is caught and broadcast to the general public. So you and Kate have something in common.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 12:01 pm, August 29, 2009  

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  • http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-generic-blog/police-react-to-raped-womans-claims/20090828-f1tm.html follow the link listen from 6 minutes in

    This is the second time I have provided this evidence, you're a clown

    By Blogger Matthew, at 12:04 pm, August 29, 2009  

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  • lets just clear this up, im kate and as off money from vic police, if i admitt to such thing happening it would be in breach of my contract, so i will never admitt to anything that can put my self in breach of a contract, in the media i am not prepared to talk when it comes to this situation. i was aked on the abc 7.30 report if i recieved money i told them the truth, i was offered money but declined, i was offered 20,000 on conditions that would suit them only, and i declined, simple as this, if people watched things proply and listend you would clearly see this, im not trying to get sympathy, im just trying to let everyone know the truth and women need to know this and ill fight till the end.
    i dont want money but telling the public what they did to me is a little bit of justice that i deserve. thanks again greg for your support yet again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:00 pm, September 01, 2009  

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  • oh and Matthew, the reason why i denied accepting money from vic police, is because to do anything else would have been in breach of the contract and i was not prepared to do this, but instead the police did it to themselves.
    If you were in my situation you would have done the same thing cause you would have clearly had no choice in the matter, so instead of being insensitive about it know how it all works before you speak.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 pm, September 01, 2009  

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  • Kate, thank you for your clarifying comments. I think it's pretty clear what's happened here in terms of discussing in the media (supposedly) confidential compensation.

    Matthew, you keep dodging around this and throwing up other issues. It's not whether or not Kate was compensated years later. It's about you refusing to explain your "muddying the waters" comments. This is a dangerous "blame the victim" smear used too often by footy fans when their heroes are caught out.

    Let me re-iterate. Do you still maintain that the way Kate handled the confidentiality clause impacts on her credibility as to what happened that night and the subsequent police investigation?

    Is that what you meant by "muddying the waters"?

    Are you now prepared to concede that Kate's allegations and claims were not aimed at winning compensation?

    By Blogger Greg, at 11:41 pm, September 01, 2009  

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  • I never claimed that Kate made anything up to get compensation and you have yet to show any evidence that I did you dickhead.
    I agree with everything that Kate said about the 7:30 report. What she failed to do was explain why she picked up a telephone and called Neil Mitchell and lied on radio.
    Neither you or Kate has clarified that. The tv show and the radio show were two totally separate incidents.
    If this went to court would you imagine that a lawyer working opposed to Kate would not bring this up to establish whether or not she was credible?
    Sorry for seeming insensitive Kate. I have nothing against you. It's the dickhead copying and pasting this blog who keeps editorialising other peoples work and getting it wrong that i have a problem with. In order to stop causing you anymore distress i will cease to engage him on this topic and accept your reasons for lying.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 6:03 pm, September 04, 2009  

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  • mathew i rang neil because i herd some stuff he was saying about me, what i said on the 7.30 report was that i was offered and denied the money, then the media twisted the story and said i was paid, i lied to neil for the reasons of my contract and i could not talk about it.
    i think the whole public is confused, what happened from start to finish, i ws trying to sue the vic police, i fought for 2 years, the vic police lawyers sat my lawyers down and offered me 20,000 i said i was not interested,i then proceeded with my sue, the law stated you cannot sue vic police, so i wanted to apeal and i was then offered again, what happened after here i cant comment.
    i n ever spoke ab olut this with the abc either all i did was talk about the first offer, im sorry this is confusing but i hope this helps.
    the police came out nad said they paid me 20,000 compensation and that brached there own contract, and now i can maybe apeal again and get the bastards for what they did to me, if i had of addmitted to these claims this would have became void.
    i understand you distressed at greg, but it is good to have someone who feels for the sitution, i have done all interwiews for no money i dont want any, i just want them to suffer for what thy did, i hope you understand.
    cheers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 am, September 05, 2009  

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  • No worries.
    Thanks for the explanation Kate.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 2:23 pm, September 05, 2009  

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  • very informative and interesting blog.
    Thanks for sharing:-)

    By Anonymous Shina Willson, at 8:29 pm, February 04, 2011  

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