Young mum who was the schoolgirl at the heart of one of AFL’s biggest scandals reveals she is now battling an aggressive cancer
- Kimberley Duthie has revealed she is battling stage four cervical cancer
- Ms Duthie shot to fame as a teen over a lewd photo scandal with St Kilda players
- GoFundMe page was created for Ms Duthie, also known as St Kilda Schoolgirl
A young mum who made headlines for leaking nude photos of AFL players is battling stage four cervical cancer.
Kimberley Duthie, also known as the ‘St Kilda Schoolgirl’, shot to fame as a teenager in 2010 and 2011 when she leaked the lewd images of St Kilda players and became embroiled in a hotel room scandal involving Ricky Nixon.
A GoFundMe page set up by Ms Duthie’s parents revealed the mum-of-one was diagnosed with cervical cancer on August 23, 2019.
‘Our beloved bubbly girl Kimberley has been silently fighting a battle with cervical cancer,’ the page says.
Kimberley Duthie, also known as the ‘St Kilda Schoolgirl’, is battling stage four cervical cancer
A GoFundMe page set up by Ms Duthie’s parents has revealed the mum-of-one was diagnosed with cervical cancer on August 23, 2019
‘We have recently learned in the last weeks that her treatments and medications have not been successful in slowing down the growth of her cancer and it has now been upgraded to stage four and has spread to her kidneys and rectum as well.’
Kimberley Duthie shot to fame as a teenager in 2010 and 2011 when she leaked the crude images of St Kilda players and became embroiled in a sex scandal with Ricky Nixon
The page says Ms Duthie will now undergo intensive chemotherapy to try and stop the cancer’s spread.
‘For all that know Kimmy, she is a fun loving single mother of a two-year-old gorgeous little boy and a driven beauty salon owner who was working 60 hours a week to provide for her son’
‘Kimmy is always there for her friends and family and anyone that has had the pleasure of meeting her describes her presence as one of a kind.
‘She lights up any room that she walks into and is always there for her friends if they need to talk.’
Her parents Susan and Anthony said Ms Duthie did not speak out about her diagnosis as she did not want to be a ‘burden’.
‘She is now brave enough to share her story and is doing daily updates via her Instagram and is finding this is helping her to be more positive,’ they wrote.
More than $4,500 of the $15,000 goal has been raised.
Ms Duthie posted about the fundraising page on her Instagram account and thanked her followers for the support.
‘Our beloved bubbly girl Kimberley has been silently fighting a battle with cervical cancer,’ the page says
‘I just want to thank everyone for the beautiful calls, messages and comments,’ she wrote.
‘You are all so selfless and kind-hearted with the offers of help I am receiving.
‘This is life changing and if I make it out alive I will view the world completely differently.
‘There is so much love and compassion out there that gets often blinded by the bad chaos in the world.’
In 2010, Ms Duthie began dating a St Kilda player.
She then posted nude photos online of several St Kilda players, including two of Nixon’s clients, Nick Riewoldt and Nick Dal Santo.
The following year, when Ms Duthie was 17 years old, she became embroiled in a hotel scandal with Nixon.
The AFL agent had his accreditation to work revoked for two years after breaching the league’s code of conduct over ‘improper dealings’ with the then teenage girl.
Nixon denied he ever had a sexual relationship with Ms Duthie.
Who is Ricky Nixon?
Ricky Nixon, 56, is a former AFL player and sports agent.
His AFL career began with the Carlton Blues, where he played four games between 1983 and 1985.
He then joined St Kilda where he played 51 games and booted 32 goals between 1986 and 1991.
His career ended with Hawthorn, where he played eight games before he retired in 1993.
The following year, the former PE teacher established his sports management company Flying Start.
He made headlines in 2011 after becoming embroiled in a hotel room scandal with Kimberley Duthie. The 17-year-old had been involved in controversies involving St Kilda players.
The then married Nixon admitted to visiting the girl at her hotel room on at least three occasions.
He received a two year suspension from the AFL Players’ Association Accreditation Board following the incident.
Ms Duthie was embroiled in a hotel room scandal involving Ricky Nixon (pictured)
Ms Duthie was caught up in a 2010 scandal when lewd photos of St Kilda footballers were posted on social media