Victoria Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of revenge porn, after a photo showing a bare-chested woman wearing a Richmond Tigers Football Club AFL Premiership medal was widely shared online.
The woman shown in the photo claims it was taken by a current Richmond player after their Premiership victory, who assured her the photo would be deleted. Instead, it is alleged he shared it with friends, who may then have put the image online.
The player in question has not been identified.
In a statement last night, Victoria Police said “Yarra Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating an image distributed on social media. The image was posted without consent.”
Victoria’s revenge porn laws, which make it illegal to distribute intimate images online without a subject’s consent, carry a maximum punishment of two years in prison.
The Herald Sun reports the AFL Integrity Unit is also looking into the circumstances surrounding the photo, and Richmond president Peggy O’Neal said she understood her club was also investigating.
“That’s not what our club’s about and if someone has made a disrespectful and humiliating gesture, then of course it will be taken into account,” O’Neal told the ABC.