The NRL legend David Gower, who won the NRL premiership in 1998, is believed to have been in Brisbane with his wife when they were allegedly assaulted by an alleged prostitute at a nightclub in 2012.
The NSW Supreme Court heard Mr Gower was the victim of a series of sex attacks while a young player in his playing days.
He told police he was sexually assaulted by a prostitute at the nightclub, which was later closed down, and had no recollection of the incident.
The court heard Mr George Gower gave everything for his team to win premierships and play finals, and was the “one of the few men” who could beat the AFL premiers.
He was not at the club that night but the alleged victim later described a “slight” disturbance.
“I am so sorry that this tragic loss has come about. “
David was an exceptional player and a great friend to so many. “
I am so sorry that this tragic loss has come about.
David was an exceptional player and a great friend to so many.
It is also with a great sadness that we must tell you about our family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of David, the Brisbane Rugby Football Club, and all of his friends and family at this difficult time.”
In an exclusive interview with the ABC on Sunday, Mr George told 7.30 the allegations were “completely untrue”.
“All I know is I was in Brisbane at the time and I was drinking and I got the woman involved,” he said.
He said he “wouldn’t say anything to the police” but he “didn’t like what she was doing”.
Mr George said he and his wife had no idea of the club’s closure.
Mr Gower said his team-mates had “always been a bit of a tough nut to crack”, but he had never been involved in prostitution.
“[I was] just a guy who had good hands, a great body, great footwork, and that’s what I was about,” he added.
At the time, Mr Gowers played in the Queensland Super League.
While he admitted to being in a nightclub, he said he had not been drinking, and it was not his first experience of prostitution.
“I’ve never been in any club, ever, anywhere, that I’ve ever been in,” he told the ABC.
A NSW police spokesman said the investigation was ongoing and Mr George’s family was expected to make an announcement on Monday.