Damien Cook touching gesture, Cody Walker, Jai Arrow dog act

Damien Cook was the first player at Cody Walker’s side when it became apparent he was in a seriously bad way.

The NSW five-eighth lay prone on the turf when he was knocked out making a tackle in the 76th minute of Queensland’s 20-14 win in Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider.

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Walker was flat on his stomach and had not moved after being accidentally collected by Blues teammate Angus Crichton. The referee blew time off as medicos rushed to the playmaker’s aid — as did his South Sydney teammate Cook.

The NSW hooker held Walker’s hand as he was assessed, comforting his mate for more than 15 seconds until being ushered away to make room for more medical staff.

The Blues were six points down and had less than five minutes to save the series but in this moment, compassion was more important than football for Cook.

Walker never returned as Queensland secured a stunning series win, but post-match coach Brad Fittler provided a promising update.

“Cody is on the phone to his wife at the moment, so that’s a good sign,” Fittler said.

“He’s a bit vague on a lot of the game at the moment. It’ll be monitored over the next day or so, but it was a heavy knock.”

Walker’s partner also took to Instagram to let people know he was doing better.

“Hi everyone, it’s Nellie. I’ve just spoken with Cody and he’s asked me to let you all know he’s alright,” she wrote.

“Thank you to everyone for checking in on him and all the messages and well wishes.”

Walker’s concussion was the last thing NSW needed as they searched desperately for a match-levelling try in the dying minutes, and came after fullback and captain James Tedesco was ruled out of the match after suffering a brutal head knock in the 20th minute.

Maroons forward Jai Arrow came under fire for banging Tedesco’s head into the turf after his scary blow, but defended himself after the match, saying he had no idea the Blues skipper was in such a bad way.

“I was fired up and obviously I’ve been told some comments were made about Tedesco and I just want to come out and say at first I was fired up and I, honestly, personally, am not a grub like that,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I actually didn’t know he was knocked out. If you actually watch the full footage you watch me go back and put my hand up.

“I was checking his welfare because I actually realised he was knocked out when I sort of slammed him back on the ground, which I’m very apologetic about.

“When I was speaking to him after the game I said, ‘Look mate, I’m sorry I didn’t realise you were knocked out until probably a couple of seconds after I threw him back on the ground’.

“People are always going to have comments about it but I know myself, I know what I do as a player, I’m not out there to try and hurt someone intentionally.”

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Actor Craig McLachlan tells court alleged inappropriate touching ‘could only have been accidental’

Entertainer Craig McLachlan has described kissing fellow performers on the lips backstage as “de rigueur and commonplace” in the world of showbusiness, as he defends himself against indecent assault charges in court.

He appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today by videolink from the chambers of his barrister, Stuart Littlemore QC, in Sydney.

The 55-year-old is facing several charges of assault and indecent assault.

The hearing began a year ago when four women alleged inappropriate behaviour by Mr McLachlan when he was performing in The Rocky Horror stage show in 2014.

The allegations included that Mr McLachlan pressed his penis against one of the women.

He is also accused of non-consensual kissing on the neck and mouth, and running his hand up the inner thigh of one of the women.

Mr McLachlan has always maintained his innocence and once again strongly defended himself against the accusations.

He told the court he would often hug and kiss his fellow performers to “encourage and congratulate” them.

“In show business, kissing between performers … it is de rigueur,” he said.

“It is commonplace, it is common practice.”

Court told woman ‘shared sensitive secrets’

But he denied his words or actions ever had a sexual meaning, connotation or ambition.

He said any inappropriate touching on stage “could only have been accidental”.

Mr McLachlan said he was “stunned and flabbergasted” when he found out about the allegations.

“I found it quite paradoxical,” he said.

One of the complainants would regularly sit on his lap in her underwear and confide in him, he said.

“She shared with me certain sensitive secrets, if I could put it in that way,” he told the court.

The same woman would flick him on the bottom, he said.

Mr McLachlan left his lawyer’s office in Sydney with partner Vanessa Scammell after today’s hearing.(ABC News)

He said another complainant would “enthusiastically” compliment the look of his bottom.

“Hey mister, that’s a great ass, seriously as great asses go, that’s a great ass,” he recalled her saying.

“Keep squatting babe, it’s working for you.”

He said she would also “goose” him, which involved thrusting her fingers between his buttocks as a practical joke.

Once she also cupped his pectoral muscles with her hands and joked “my boobs were bigger than hers,” Mr McLachlan said.

Craig McLachlan stands on stage in a black corset and tights in costume as Frank-N-Furter.
Craig McLachlan played the roll of Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.(Facebook: Rocky Horror Show Australia)

He said he was speaking hyperbolically when he told the woman “I can’t stop thinking about you” and “I might be falling in love with you”.

“To support or encourage, I mean she was not doing well at this stage,” he explained.

“I wanted to finish our brief meeting with a joke.”

He said a feud was going on at the time between the woman and another cast member.

“She couldn’t wait to finish, she couldn’t wait to get home,” he said.

Craig McLachlan ‘devastated’ by woman’s allegations

He said “horseplay” or “jokey pranks” were frequent backstage between members of the cast.

“Almost daily” he would tell male and female members of the production they were “the secret love of my life”.

He said he and another complainant expressed their love for each other, but they did not mean it in a romantic way.

He described her as an “enthusiastic participant” in practical jokes like “wedgies” and “dacking” and the most vulgar person he had ever met.

“She is without doubt the most vulgar woman I know,” he said.

“In fact, she would be the most vulgar woman I have ever encountered.”

He said he was “devastated and deeply distressed” when he found out the woman had alleged inappropriate touching during a scene.

“It would have been impossible to do what she alleges,” he said.

Mr McLachlan will continue giving evidence on Wednesday.

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Man charged over alleged sexual touching – Lake Macquarie – 16 News

A man will face court after allegedly sexually touching two women at a service station near Lake Macquarie.

Last Saturday (24 October 2020) and Sunday (25 October 2020), two 22-year-old women were working at a service station in Cooranbong, when they were allegedly sexually touched by a man who is known to them.

The incident was reported to officers from Lake Macquarie Police District on Monday (26 October 2020), who commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, police arrested a 62-year-old man at Cooranbong about 9am yesterday (Thursday 29 October 2020).

He was taken to Toronto Police Station where he was charged with five counts of sexually touch another person without consent.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Toronto Local Court on Tuesday 15 December 2020.

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Man jailed after breaking into university student’s room and touching her breasts during Canberra crime spree

An ACT Supreme Court judge has described the “appalling” actions of a man who broke into an Australian National University student residence and touched a woman’s breasts while she slept.

Paul David Kelly, aged 39, has been sentenced to five years and nine months’ imprisonment over 17 convictions, ranging from committing an act of indecency to theft and burglary.

Kelly went on a three-day crime spree in September last year, stealing a car, breaking into buildings and robbing a second residence at the university.

The victim told the court she had woken to find him in her room touching her, looking down at her through eye slits in a dark balaclava.

She said: “Who are you? What are you doing?”

Kelly replied: “You don’t know me.”

He then tried to steal her laptop but she grabbed it back from him.

The woman said she began yelling at him to leave.

When he let go of the laptop, he went to the door and threatened her as he left.

After he had gone, the woman discovered her car keys and wallet had been stolen, along with a phone.

Kelly tried to use her bank card at a local shop to buy an iced coffee and three chocolate bars but was forced to abandon them at the checkout because the victim had asked the bank to suspend the card.

Police finally caught up with him in a car he had stolen before the incident.

The woman’s keys and cards were on the console, along with a small sealed bag containing the drug methylamphetamine, often called ice.

The victim deferred her studies at the Australian National University.(ABC News: Niki Challis)

The court heard Kelly had little recollection of the events and had an ongoing issue with drugs.

He also has a previous conviction for an act of indecency.

The victim told the court she left her job and deferred her study after the incident.

Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson said the act of indecency was by far the most serious of Kelly’s crimes.

She said she accepted that Kelly was remorseful but was guarded about his prospects for rehabilitation.

She addressed Kelly directly, telling him the offences were very serious.

“It’s not the first time you have committed an act of indecency or burglary.

“Drugs are not an excuse, and you know that.

“You will have a lot more time in jail to reflect on what you have done. Use that time.”

Kelly will not be eligible for parole until 2023.

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NRL 2020: Parramatta Eels, Maika Sivo acquitted indecent assault charge in Fiji for touching waitress’ skirt

Parramatta’s Fijian winger Maika Sivo has been acquitted of an allegation of indecent assault in stemming from a return to his homeland last year.
Sivo was visiting a resort in Denarau on Boxing Day 2019 when he was accused of indecent assault.

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It was claimed that the Eels winger pulled at the skirt of a waitress at a pool party.

The Fijian international, who made his NRL debut last season, was arrested and jailed.

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Eels superstar Maika Sivo appears in a Fijian court last yearSource: Supplied

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Melbourne Demons embroiled in latest inappropriate touching controversy

Jordan Lewis has criticised his former teammates Christian Petracca and Jayden Hunt after the Melbourne pair were spotted touching each other inappropriately during coach Simon Goodwin’s three-quarter-time address on Saturday.

Cameras caught Hunt poking his fingers around Petracca’s bottom during the final change of the Dees’ win over Essendon on Saturday. Petracca appeared to reciprocate.

Jayden Hunt and Christian Petracca.Credit:Fox Footy

Melbourne have been contacted for comment and are expected to release a statement in relation to the issue. Richmond, St Kilda and Carlton have dealt with similar issues earlier this season. The Tigers and Saints incidents prompted the AFL to issue a statement condemning the behaviour.

Former Demon Lewis told Fox Footy that such behaviour was no longer acceptable.

“Players need to be aware that we live in a different environment now,” Lewis said.

“If it’s not mentioned on commentary, certainly social media will pick it up, and then when it gains traction the club and the AFL have to address it. They don’t need to be attending to these types of matters in such an important part of the year.

“Just don’t leave yourself open to this sort of criticism.”

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AFL 2020: Inappropriate touching, Melbourne vs Essendon, Jayden Hunt, Christian Petracca, video, footage, latest news

GOLD COAST — Melbourne has spoken to Christian Petracca and Jayden Hunt regarding an incident of inappropriate touching that occurred during three-quarter-time of Saturday’s win over Essendon.

Fox Footy’s cameras caught the two players touching each other as they listened to Simon Goodwin’s address.

It’s understood the players acknowledged it was not a good look for the club and said it won’t happen again. The duo agreed it was inappropriate.

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Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s girlfriend pens touching tribute to her ‘beautiful man’ as report prepared for coroner

The girlfriend of Olympian and Australian snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin has compensated tribute to him with a heartfelt letter, as the investigation into his death on Queensland’s Gold Coast proceeds.

The a few-time winter Olympian and two-time environment winner died at Palm Seashore on the Gold Coast in an incident at an synthetic reef in which Pullin was spearfishing on Wednesday early morning.

The 32-calendar year-outdated Australian snowboarder was identified by a snorkeller on the reef and brought ashore.

Lifeguards and Queensland Ambulance Support (QAS) officers attempted to resuscitate Pullin on the seaside but had been not able to revive him.

A police dive squad attended the scene and a report is getting well prepared for the coroner.

Pullin’s girlfriend explained he “was residing his aspiration, our aspiration”.(AAP/Pink Bull Content, Andy Eco-friendly)

‘Living his dream’

Pullin’s girlfriend Ellidy Vlug set a be aware on the front door of the couple’s house to the media, thanking anyone for their views.

Handwritten letter from Ellidy Vrug, girlfriend of Australian snowboarder and Olympian Alex Pullin
Letter from Pullin’s girlfriend Ellidy Vrug, left on the front door of the house they shared with each other.(ABC Gold Coast: Sarah Cumming)

“This is a pretty tricky time for me and I ask that you regard my privacy for the duration of this time period of grief,” the take note read.

“Know that Chumpy completely liked life and lived it to the full.

“He lived for us — his relatives, our pet Rummi, our astounding close friends and the dwelling we manufactured with each other.

“He was residing his desire, our aspiration.

Floral tributes have been still left from those who were mourning the loss of Pullin.

Scott Johnstone satisfied Pullin browsing a 7 days in the past at the reef and was emotional as he paid his respects to him at Palm Seaside now.

“I would been a significant enthusiast of his for form of his full occupation,” Mr Johnstone stated.

Flower memorial on Gold Coast Beach for Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin.
A flower memorial at Palm Seashore honouring Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin.(AAP: Glenn Hunt)

Even nevertheless the two only fulfilled a 7 days in the past, they invested a few of hours browsing and chatting.

“Chumpy was chatting, telling me about his passion for spearfishing, like diving and browsing, and just how substantially we were loving living in Palm Seaside,” Mr Johnstone mentioned.

“I am grateful myself to have that small minor memory.”

Headshot of Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin wearing helmet and goggles on his head at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Pullin represented Australia at three Winter season Olympic Game titles.(AAP: Paul Miller)

Investigation carries on

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler reported it was an really tragic established of conditions and they wanted to ascertain what happened.

“Whether or not there are underlying medical ailments, whether or not you will find been a miscalculation by somebody or something,” he reported.

“What we want to do is give closure to the family members, give the household answers and also actually importantly to see whether there is certainly any systemic [reasons] to protect against this from going on yet again.”

A beach on the Gold Coast with people on the beach
Palm Seashore, wherever Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin died.(ABC News: Jennifer Huxley)

Competitive free diver and athletics psychologist Ant Williams said from time-to-time a blackout could take place in a activity like spearfishing.

“What takes place if someone’s absent down on a dive and has quite possibly stayed also very long at the bottom,” he said.

“Mainly because you happen to be beneath a little bit of force of the drinking water above you, it can mask some of the irritation from needing to have breath, so possibly keeping underneath a very little little bit far too extensive.

“Then on the swim back again up when all the gasoline is growing, then the genuine quantity of oxygen — what we get in touch with partial stress — can fall, primary you to feeling faint on the swim up or quite possibly to black out — and that is what we refer to as a shallow h2o blackout.”

Mr Williams stated he followed a few principles for freediving — dive with a buddy of a identical degree and never by yourself, abide by a a single-up-one particular-down rule the place divers alternate their time on the surface, and dive within your limits.

Smiling headshot of Winter Olympian and Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Russia in 2014.
Alex Pullin at the Olympic Winter season Games in Russia in 2014.(AAP: Paul Miller)

Pullin was a dual snowboard cross entire world winner who was the Australian flag-bearer at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

He represented Australia at a few Wintertime Olympic Video games, in Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.

Pullin gained gold at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships and claimed bronze at the 2017 version.

He was also a two-time Planet Cup winner and won silver at the 2016 Winter X Game titles.

Alex Pullin carries the Australian flag at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
Alex Pullin carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony for the Olympic Winter Video games in 2014.  (AAP: Paul Miller)

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Remembering the Beatles touching down in Darwin 56 years ago ahead of Australian tour

It was 56 years ago today when Sergeant Pepper didn’t teach the band to play, instead three of four Beatles landed in the early hours of a Darwin morning ahead of their imminent Australian Tour.

Ren Kelly, an Alice Springs-based disc jockey at a local commercial radio station, heard rumours that the most popular band in the world at the time would be landing in the Northern Territory.

“I had a friend who was working as head of the tourist office up there, who had been talking with the Qantas staff … and he had tipped me off and said ‘if I can get you an interview, would you like to?'” Mr Kelly said.

For a twenty-something fledgling reporter, it was a dream come true.

He quickly headed 1,500 kilometres north to interview George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

John Lennon’s incoming customs card upon arrival in Darwin in June 1964.(Supplied: National Archives of Australia)

Several hundred Beatles fans had gathered at Darwin Airport in the early hours of the morning.

But first he had to skirt the port manager who ran Darwin’s Qantas Lounge, which back in the 1960s had a strict dress code — even at 2:00am.

Despite being a typical Darwin dry season morning, it was still relatively warm — especially for Mr Kelly, a desert dweller.

“The dress code in Darwin at that time for most workers was an open necked shirt, shorts, and long white socks,” he said.

“If you didn’t didn’t make the the dress regulations you weren’t allowed in.”

There were a number of journalists waiting to hear from the three, given Ringo Starr was unwell with tonsillitis and joined the tour in Sydney.

George, John, Paul, and fill-in drummer Jimmie Nicol were clearly exhausted from the long haul flight and extensive touring.

“They’d come from the UK to Hong Kong … and then flown to Darwin. They had probably been about 30 hours in the air,” he said.

“We had about 45 minutes because there were three or four other journalists there.

Mr Kelly said they tried to maintain their trademark humour.

“They were very accommodating with some blinking stupid questions. They were very gracious to the media that were there,” he said.

The Alice DJ said putting questions to the Beatles was the pinnacle of his interviewing career, where he asked more about their music than the tour.

“There’s no group better now, anywhere in the world, than the Beatles,” Mr Kelly said.

Unfortunately, the tapes did not stand the test of time and disintegrated in storage at a local radio station.

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