Woman, 47, at centre of Tim Paine sexting scandal files a 17-page sexual harassment claim in a bombshell twist to the saga which forced the former Australian Test captain to quit
The female cricket staffer at the centre of the Tim Paine sexting scandal has filed a sexual harassment claim in Federal Court.
Renee Ferguson, 47, filed the claim against Cricket Tasmania, following sordid revelations about Paine sending her explicit messages and images.
Paine, 36, resigned his captaincy of the Australian cricket team over the messages he sent to Ms Ferguson, which included a photo of his penis.
On Friday Paine decided to step away from all cricket in the aftermath of the controversy.
The woman at the centre of the Tim Paine sexting scandal has filed a sexual harassment claim in Federal Court
It is understood the woman’s claim is not connected to the incidents involving Paine, but instead relate to another man in the Cricket Tasmania office, news.com.au reported.
The document includes revelations she previously made a sexual harassment claim to a human resources manager regarding another Cricket Tasmania employee.
A previous investigation by Cricket Tasmania found the sexting was consensual, although her lawyers have claimed she was not interviewed as part of the probe.
Lawyers on behalf of Ms Ferguson filed a 17-page document in the Federal Court for sexual harassment under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act.
On Friday Paine opted to take a leave of absence from all forms of cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’ with his manager admitting he has ‘extreme concerns’ for his welfare.
Paine stood down as Australia’s men’s Test captain last week after the scandal went public.
His teammates wanted the veteran wicketkeeper to play the first Test at the Gabba against England on December 8.
However, Cricket Tasmania confirmed Paine will miss Friday’s one-dayer versus Western Australia so he can take an indefinite break from the sport.
Renee Ferguson, woman Tim Paine sexted, files sexual harassment claim against Cricket Tasmania