9 Aug 2016

No charges over Chiefs end-of-season party

7:05 pm on 9 August 2016

Police will not be taking action against the Chiefs rugby players who allegedly mistreated a woman hired as a stripper at a function last week.

The Chiefs are investigating allegations of misconduct during end-of-year celebrations near Matamata.

The incident happened during end-of-season celebrations at the Ōkoroire hot pools near Matamata. Photo: PHOTOSPORT / RNZ

The woman - who has asked to be known as Scarlette - said some of the players touched her inappropriately, threw gravel and chanted lewdly at her during her performance in the garden bar at the Ōkoroire hot pools last Monday night.

Waikato Police said in a statement they had spoken with the woman who raised concerns about the behaviour of some of those at the end-of-season function.

Police said they would not be taking the matter further at this stage, after those discussions.

They said the decision included consideration of Scarlette's wishes and the information currently available to them.

The decision might be reviewed if new information came to light, they said.

The New Zealand Rugby has also been investigating the allegations, as a joint inquiry with the Chiefs and the Players' Association.

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