Chiefs rugby stripper Scarlette sacked after scandal

Rachael Kirk, the owner of Strippers R Us, has removed Scarlette's listing from her website after it was revealed she ...
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Rachael Kirk, the owner of Strippers R Us, has removed Scarlette's listing from her website after it was revealed she breached the company's strict "no touching" policy.

Scarlette, the stripper at the centre of the Chiefs' Mad Monday scandal, has been dropped from an Auckland agency she was listed with because she offered the team "extras".

Scarlette told media the rugby team members surrounded her at the 2016 post-season event, exposing themselves and chanting for her to perform indecencies on them, to which she agreed for an extra payment.

However, Rachael Kirk, the woman who runs Strippers R Us, where Scarlette had a listing, says the woman was removed from her company's website two days ago.

Chiefs franchise boss Andrew Flexman said a New Zealand Rugby inquiry into events at the team's 2016 Mad Monday event ...
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Chiefs franchise boss Andrew Flexman said a New Zealand Rugby inquiry into events at the team's 2016 Mad Monday event will be widened.

Kirk said Scarlette had breached the Strippers R Us rules in providing extras for clients - and that included touching.

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Kirk said her company has a firm "no touching" policy, which Scarlette had flouted. Scarlette has said she agreed to an extra payment for allowing indecent touching. She added that the Scarlett listed on the website is not the same woman. 

"It was not a job through me," Kirk said. "It was through another agency ... I believe it was a Hamilton-based company."

It is understood the Chiefs job was booked via Hamilton-based Go Wild Strippers. The company's managing director, Shelley Meecham, is currently overseas and was not immediately available to respond to inquiries.

A message on Go Wild's phone number indicates the company is closed from August 3 to 9.

Scarlette is an independent contractor but, because she had breached Strippers R Us rules by offering the extras, she is no longer welcome, Kirk said.

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She was not sure whether the company she was representing would have offered her a minder to accompany her on the Chiefs job. 

"There were steps she should have taken. She should not have agreed [to do] the $50 extra. She should have called the management [of the agency she was representing] when she felt the first tinge of danger."

Kirk said the girls who work for Strippers R Us have firm "safety first" guidelines.

"If something you don't like happens once, you give them a warning. If it happens again, you stop the music and walk out of there."

Extras, including touching and sex acts, are "not what I want for my company," she said.

"It's a whole other realm of entertainment. It's not about touching. It's about leaving a smile on people's faces.

"It's a fun thing, not a sex thing."

Kirk was not worried about dropping Scarlette from her web page.

"I have a reputation to protect and there are plenty of girls around. What we don't want is to give our industry a bad name."

Vanessa Grace, the talent manager at Auckland-based Kiwi Strippers, said her company also prevented the strippers from being touched by their clients "unless invited to by the dancer, and not in the crotch area. That's a big no-no".

On some occasions it was okay for the dancers to have their breasts touched, "but there should be no touching unless the dancer puts your hands on her boobs herself".

"We don't support our staff offering extras. We are really big on staff safety.

"At the end of the day, I wasn't there [at the Chiefs job]. That girl can't be to blame for any bad or disrespectful behaviour by the people she was entertaining."

Scarlette spoke out last week after she was booked to waitress and perform a strip routine for the team members when they held their end-of-season celebrations at the Okoroire hot pools, near Matamata, on Monday. 

A player allegedly pushed her roughly to the ground in order to perform an indecency on her, which she had earlier agreed to for a $50 payment. 

Scarlette got up to leave, but said the players surrounded her and she felt too afraid to move.

She finally walked out and the group jeered at her and said she still had to do her waitressing.

She refused, at which point she said she was paid $100, short of the agreed extra $50 for the indecency.

Chiefs chief executive Andrew Flexman said on Saturday that a New Zealand Rugby inquiry into events at the team's 2016 Mad Monday event will be widened to include end-of-season celebrations in 2015.

No charges have been laid with police over the incident.

 

 - Stuff

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