Sex scandal teen lied she was pregnant

Embattled player manager misses work

MARIS BECK, AHMER KHOKHAR
Last updated 13:04 07/03/2011
The teenager at the centre of the St Kilda nude photo scandal has admitted she lied about  being pregnant to AFL footballer Sam Gilbert.
PENNY STEPHENS/The Age
FESSING UP: The teenager at the centre of the St Kilda nude photo scandal has admitted she lied about being pregnant to AFL footballer Sam Gilbert.

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The girl at the centre of the St Kilda nude photo scandal has admitted she lied about being pregnant to AFL footballer Sam Gilbert.

She told 60 Minutes last night: ''I was a stupid immature little teenager … [But] I don't think I owe anyone an apology other than Sam.''

The scandal involving the girl, 17, has engulfed AFL player manager Ricky Nixon, who is under investigation by the AFL Players Association for his alleged sexual involvement with the teenager.

Nixon returned to Melbourne last night following a two-week trip to Ireland and Britain and vehemently denied television news reports that he was planning to stand down from his role this week, saying he would be at his Flying Start office today.

He also unequivocally rejected suggestions that he was scheduled to check into a clinic to help resolve his personal issues.

Channel Nine news had reported that he would stand down as a player manager and check into a clinic by the end of the week.

"The reports [on the Nine Network] are not true," Nixon told The Age. "Apparently I'm running for prime minister as well.''

Despite these assurances, however, Nixon failed to show at his workplace this morning.

Staff at Nixon's Flying Start office in Melbourne said their boss would not be returning to work at the Docklands Stadium office today.

"He definitely won't be coming in," a staff member said.

He said he had spoken to Nixon but there would be no further comment on his whereabouts.

The teenager showed Channel Nine text messages and emails from Nixon in which he told her what she should say to the press if she wanted their relationship to continue, warning that if she didn't 100 of his associates would want revenge on her for the rest of her life.

He told her she should tell the media: ''I want to put on the record that there was no sex and no drug-taking.''

The network named the schoolgirl and showed her image on 60 Minutes last night.

A media lawyer, who asked to remain anonymous, said last night the action appeared to contravene a court suppression order.

Nine executive producer Hamish Thomson said: ''Nine denies that it contravened any laws.''

The Sunday Age yesterday reported claims that more than 80 Victoria Police officers had looked at the girl's case file on the LEAP database.

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The Office of Police Integrity confirmed there was an investigation into alleged inappropriate use of the database.

-The Age, with AAP

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