EXCLUSIVE: Troubled footy star Dylan Napa skips training to meet legal team to ‘deal’ with his growing sex tape scandal – as his manager is spotted watching one of the videos on the street
- NRL star Dylan Napa has met with lawyers after two sex tapes went viral online
- The 26-year-old told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We just had to deal with a few things’
- Videos showing Napa having sex and performing a lewd act shared last week
- Napa made a high-profile off-season switch from the Bulldogs to the Roosters
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Embattled footy star Dylan Napa has broken his silence in the wake of two sex tapes being leaked on social media and going viral.
Napa, 26, first made headlines last week after a lewd video of him having sex with a woman was leaked, before a second film showing a solo sex act was also shared at the weekend.
The two separate videos were believed to have been taken more than four years ago.
Napa, who made a high-profile off-season switch from the Sydney Roosters to cross-town rival Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, did not join his teammates at training on Monday.
Instead he spent the afternoon in meetings about potential legal action and after the discussions told Daily Mail Australia he had ‘dealt with a few things’.
Embattled NRL star Dylan Napa (pictured) has broken his silence in the wake of two sex tapes going viral online
Napa spent the afternoon in meetings about potential legal action over the two videos which were first shared on social media last week and have since gone viral
‘We just had to deal with a few things… I can’t really say any more,’ Napa told Daily Mail Australia
‘We just had to deal with a few things mate,’ Napa said outside Wentworth Chambers in the Sydney CBD.
‘I can’t really say any more, I’m sure you understand.’
While Napa left the legal chambers following the meeting, his player manager Steve Gillis remained on the street talking to another man.
At one point the two men could be seen watching the sex tapes on a phone as they appeared to discuss the contents.
Napa, who was a contracted Roosters player at the time the two videos were taken, has reportedly so far refused to tell Bulldogs officials who is responsible for leaking them.
Nine News has reported that at least one of the Napa videos was filmed by a fellow NRL star during a Roosters tour of the United States in 2013.
Outside the meeting, Napa’s manager Steve Gillis (right) remained on the street watching and discussing the lewd videos with another man
The 26-year-old debuted for the Sydney Roosters in 2013 and was first picked to represent Queensland in 2017
But according to the TV network, the player who filmed the video ‘did not leak it’.
The maximum penalty for sharing ‘revenge porn’, an offence first introduced in 2017, is three years in jail and an $11,000 fine.
If revenge porn publishers refuse to take the material down, they can face an extra two years’ imprisonment, plus an extra $5,500 fine.
After the release of the second video on Saturday, the Bulldogs confirmed their star recruit had contacted lawyers and NSW Police about the matter.
Napa, a Queensland origin star, made a high-profile off-season switch from Sydney Roosters to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Napa (right) smiles as he poses for a photo with Hollywood actor Gerard Butler (left) during his time with the Sydney Roosters
‘The club is aware of a further social media video that has emerged today that was taken several years ago,’ a spokesperson for the club said.
‘The club can confirm that Dylan Napa has received legal representation and advice from senior legal counsel, as well as made contact with the NSW Police.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for comment.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF SHARING DYLAN NAPA’S SEX TAPES
A top criminal lawyer said Dylan Napa has a case against whoever is maliciously leaking and distributing the film clips.
Asked if leaking or spreading Napa’s videos could be considered a revenge porn offence, Sam Macedone said ‘yes.’
‘Anyone who distributes or publishes intimate images of any person, without that person’s consent, (that) is revenge porn,’ he said.
The maximum penalty for the offence, introduced in 2017, is three years’ jail time and an $11,000 fine.
If revenge porn publishers refused to take the material down, they can face an extra two years’ imprisonment, plus an extra $5,500 fine.
‘It’s not only an offence to simply distribute it, it’s an offence to threaten to do that,’ Mr Macedone said.
‘Whoever this guy (who leaked the video) is, has done more than threaten to do it, he’s done it.’
The courts were ‘absolutely’ taking revenge porn laws seriously, Mr Macedone said, adding it often comes up in domestic violence cases.