The former wife of a prominent NRL player appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, where she is currently defending charges of distributing and recording revenge pornography featuring her ex-husband.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, recounted her shock and disgust after discovering her children and their friends had stumbled upon explicit photos and videos of her ex-husband and his new partner on an iPad last year in October.
The woman took the witness stand and described the scene when she saw her children looking at the iPad, with comments like “oh my God that’s so inappropriate” coming from them. She stated that her son usually used the iPad at her ex-husband’s house and that it was her son’s friend who showed her the explicit content.
She was taken aback when she saw her ex-husband’s new partner posing naked, covering her genitalia but with her breasts exposed. The woman expressed her disgust to the court and admitted to hiding the iPad and trying to distract the children after witnessing the inappropriate content.
She subsequently sent a screen grab of the explicit photo to the child’s parent, seeking to apologise and explain the situation. The woman also shared that she had a copy of what the children had seen and the mother had requested to view them.
Her solicitor, Christopher Cole, argued that although his client admitted to sending the photographs to her friend, she believed it was reasonable for her to have recorded and distributed them.
According to Mr. Cole, the woman sent the messages in an attempt to apologise and inform the mother firsthand about what the children had witnessed.
Additionally, the woman had messaged her ex-husband and his new partner, threatening to take the matter to court if they behaved inappropriately towards the children in the future.
She explained that the explicit content had raised concerns about their responsibility towards her children’s safety.
The woman admitted to taking photos of the sexual images and videos to discuss them with her children or a psychologist, as it had made her extremely concerned.
The woman is currently facing charges of intentionally distributing intimate images without consent and intentionally recording intimate images without consent. The court will need to assess the nature and content of the material, the circumstances surrounding its recording, and the impact on the alleged victims’ privacy. The hearing is ongoing.