Scott Bolton breaks silence on indecent assault charge
MAY 8, 2018 2:04PM
NRL star Scott Bolton has broken down as he spoke publicly for the first time over an alleged indecent assault against a Sydney woman.
NORTH Queensland star Scott Bolton has spoken publicly for the first time since he was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman in Bondi on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old was in tears as he addressed the media on Tuesday, walking away from microphones after asking for his family’s privacy to be respected.
The Cowboys veteran has been granted conditional bail and will appear in Waverley Local Court on June 19 to respond to a charge of assault with an act of indecency.He was arrested on Sunday morning and charged after attending Waverley Police Station in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The premiership-winning star has reportedly told the club he is innocent of the accusations, despite a report in The Courier-Mail claiming police will allege Bolton “grabbed” a 49-year-old woman’s genitals during a boozy night out with teammates at a Bondi bar.
The NRL’s integrity unit has made a decision to allow Bolton to continue playing before his day in court. Bolton has been married since 2016 to his wife Michelle and has a clean record with the game’s integrity unit.
“I understand that our members, partners and fans would like me to talk about the allegation that has been made against me,” he said. “However, since this is a matter that involves the police and the NRL integrity unit, I am unable to make any comments about the incident right now.
“What I can say is that I am taking the matter very seriously and cooperating fully with both the police and the NRL integrity unit. “I have been approved to play by the NRL and the club during the investigation and so will work with the coach and our football department to decide whether I will play this week or not."
The Cowboys have former Brisbane prop Francis Molo in their squad, who is a chance to come into Paul Green’s 17 for Bolton.