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 woman Tim Paine sexted filed a sexual harassment claim in Federal Court
- Legal documents submitted make it clear Paine was not the subject of the claim
- Paine’s manager tweeted ‘extreme concerns’ for the former captain’s welfare
- Equal concerns expressed for Paine’s wife, mother of two Bonnie Payne
- Paine, 36, stood down as Australia’s Test captain last week over sext scandal
The female cricket staffer at the centre of the Tim Paine sexting scandal has filed a bombshell 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. Paine and his wife Bonnie are pictured above
Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a female co-worker along with a stream of lewd text messages
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.
Ms Ferguson was subjected to sexual banter at Cricket Tasmania, including being told to ‘Get on snap you mole’, in a reference to Snapchat, during a conversation with Paine’s brother-in-law Shannon Tubb.
The document included claims Mr Tubb also sent her explicit messages.
‘I want to put my c*** in between your t***,’ a message from Mr Tubb to Ms Ferguson allegedly read.
The sexual harassment complaint did not relate to Paine or Mr Tubb.
It is understood Ms Ferguson resigned her role at Cricket Tasmania in 2017 after being accused of stealing.
She is due to face a Tasmanian Magistrates Court in January over those allegations.
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.
‘We’re both f***ed if this got out,’ Ms Ferguson texted Paine during one sexting episode, prompting him to respond with a photo of his penis.
He also texted ‘I’m about to give something firm a pull, myself I think (wink emoji). Well I was going to anyway.’
Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after his sexting scandal, as concerns are expressed for the welfare of both
On Friday Paine opted to take a leave of absence from all forms of cricket ‘for the foreseeable future’ with his manager tweeting he has ‘extreme concerns’ for the welfare of the player and his wife Bonnie.
Paine’s manager James Henderson confirmed Paine is ‘stepping away from cricket for an indefinite mental health break.’
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.
The new revelations come after the boss of Tasmanian cricket publicly backed Paine over his treatment.
Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin claimed there was growing anger towards Cricket Australia over their handling of a man he described as ‘a beacon’ who was instrumental in ‘salvaging the reputation of the national team’ after Sandpapergate.
The tweet from Paine’s manager James Henderson who confirmed the 36-year-old is stepping away from the sport for an ‘indefinite health break’ before adding he was ‘extremely concerned’ for the well being of Paine and his wife Bonnie
Cricket Tasmania’s media release confirming Tim Paine has taken a leave of absence from all cricket for the foreseeable future
Tim Paine’s rise and dramatic fall in sexting scandal
Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on Jan. 9, 2021
2010: Tim Paine makes his Test debut against Pakistan, replacing injured Brad Haddin, but is dumped upon the incumbent’s return
April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs
November 17, 2017: Granted shock recall for Ashes series
November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a female coworker on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The pair had exchanged texts throughout the year
January 2018: Selected for squad to tour South Africa
March 25, 2018: Appointed interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner stood down over ‘sandpapergate’ ball tampering scandal
March 28, 2018: Paine is appointed captain for the 4th Test of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side
April 2018: Awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia
June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the messages and launch an investigation, following a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was exonerated during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stick by him
2018 – 2021: Paine continues as Test captain, retaining the Ashes in England in 2019
November 19, 2021: Paine steps down as full details of the explicit messages surface