Prominent radio personality Mark Levy has strongly criticised Parramatta Eels player Dylan Brown for allegedly touching a woman’s breasts without her consent at a popular Sydney hotel. Levy offered stern advice to Brown, urging him to abstain from alcohol if he cannot remember his actions after consuming 15 to 20 drinks at the Golden Sheaf on a Saturday night. Levy made these comments during his broadcast on 2GB.
On Wednesday, Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of touching a woman’s breasts without her consent on June 3 at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court. Initially, he was charged with five counts of sexually touching the woman without consent, but three charges were withdrawn by the police due to his guilty pleas. During the court proceedings, Brown’s defense solicitor David Newham informed the magistrate, Jennifer Atkinson, that Brown only had vague recollections of the night in question due to consuming a significant amount of alcohol.
The court also heard details from a letter of apology that Brown had sent to the victim. In the letter, he expressed remorse, stating, “Forgiveness is not something I feel I have the right to ask for… I am so sorry for my actions towards you.” Newham added that the offenses occurred just 25 seconds apart, but the consequences have sent Brown’s once-promising football career “in tatters.”
In response to Brown’s actions, the NRL has enforced their ‘no fault’ stand-down policy and sidelined him from team selection. The Parramatta Eels released a statement acknowledging the NRL‘s decision and confirming that Brown would not be eligible for selection until he receives clearance from the league. The club abstained from making further comments at this time, citing respect for the ongoing legal process.
Levy believes it is unlikely that Brown will return to the football field in the near future. He emphasised that such behavior should not be tolerated and stated that if a footballer believes they can assault strangers in this manner, they should be banned from playing for the rest of the season. The NRL is expected to announce its decision regarding Brown’s playing future soon.
According to court documents, the incident involved a 20-year-old woman who was on the dance floor at the Golden Sheaf with a friend. Brown, who was unknown to her, approached her and touched her left breast without permission. Moments later, he proceeded to touch her other breast, prompting her to push him away. The agreed fact sheet stated that this behavior made the victim feel uncomfortable, as she had not given him consent to touch her.
During Brown’s court hearing, Newham acknowledged the victim’s right to go out without the fear of assault and emphasised that Brown fully comprehends the gravity of his actions upon viewing the footage. Newham also highlighted Brown’s contributions to society, explaining that he works with autistic children and homeless individuals in Parramatta, and regularly donates money to children’s charities. Newham pleaded with the magistrate to consider these facets of Brown’s character.
A police prosecutor echoed the sentiment that women have the right to go out and enjoy themselves without being subjected to unwanted sexual advances. The court heard that the incident was reported to the venue’s security, who then called the police to the scene. Brown was subsequently taken to Rose Bay Police Station but was not immediately charged due to his state of intoxication.
The presiding magistrate, Jennifer Atkinson, expressed her disapproval of Brown’s actions, stating that such behavior was unacceptable and that nobody should have to experience it while going out. She also noted her concern about the excessive amount of alcohol consumed by Brown and urged him to seek help. Ultimately, Atkinson convicted Brown of both charges and handed him an 18-month community corrections order.
Following the court hearing, Brown’s solicitor, David Newham, informed the media that Brown is deeply remorseful for his actions and wishes to move on. Brown, who debuted with the Parramatta Eels in 2019 at the age of 18, has played 95 games for the team.