Former Wests Tigers star Elijah Taylor has spoken out over a fake video which claimed to show him threatening to stab a former agent who scammed him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Taylor recently won a court battle in New Zealand in which Ian Miles, who managed his affairs for four years, was ordered to pay $484,824 in damages
Miles, however, declared bankruptcy meaning Taylor is unlikely to ever see a cent of the $350,000 he fleeced from his client.
A video then surfaced on YouTube this week which purported to show the 30-year-old confronting Miles over the missing money in the back seat of a car.
‘Give me a good reason why I shouldn’t bash the f*** out of ya,” the man on the video, asks.
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The other man replies: ‘Cause we go back a long way and I f***ed up. I lost the money.’
The man, referred to on the video as “Jase”, then pulls out an object and threatens to stab to other man
A furious Taylor broke his silence on Tuesday, telling Wide World of Sports it was a fake.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” Taylor said.
“It’s not him and it’s not me; I would never stab someone.
“I am going to have to contact YouTube and try to get it taken down; I don’t want people thinking I am like that.
“I am angry and hurt at Miles for what he did, but I would not ever take that sort of action.”
A close friend told WWOS that Taylor was “shattered” over the betrayal from Miles.
“Ian was a close friend and someone he trusted with his money,” the source said.
“It is a cautionary tale to all young players – keep an eye on your money and make sure whoever is looking after it is doing the right thing by you.”
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