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The woman who has accused NRL star George Burgess of ‘touching her on the bottom’ claims she has been horrifically trolled online after speaking out and it’s because she was once ‘intimate’ with one of the brothers.

The St George Illawarra Dragons forward has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexually touching a person without consent.

Police allege Burgess, a married father-of-three, had gone to the woman’s house in Mascot in Sydney‘s inner south to drop off a signed jersey in March, and when he left he ‘touched her bottom’ in a sexual way that prompted her to make a complaint.

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said she was ‘heartbroken’ at the reaction she received on social media, prompting her to shut down her accounts.

(George Burgess with wife Joanna) The woman who has accused NRL star George Burgess of 'touching her on the bottom' claims she has been horrifically trolled online after speaking out

(George Burgess with wife Joanna) The woman who has accused NRL star George Burgess of 'touching her on the bottom' claims she has been horrifically trolled online after speaking out

(George Burgess with wife Joanna) The woman who has accused NRL star George Burgess of ‘touching her on the bottom’ claims she has been horrifically trolled online after speaking out

The woman at the centre of the Burgess case said she's had to delete her social media accounts because she has been attacked online

The woman at the centre of the Burgess case said she's had to delete her social media accounts because she has been attacked online

The woman at the centre of the Burgess case said she’s had to delete her social media accounts because she has been attacked online

‘One guy even said I’m wanting a payout to redo my kitchen. The comments are absolutely vile, being called a money-hungry s**t, a w***e, a b***h, every name under the sun,’ she told The Saturday Telegraph.

Daily Mail Australia earlier revealed the woman has had contact with the Burgess family for more than a decade, having first started communicating with Luke in 2012.

A series of messages reveals friendly banter between the woman and Luke, and then with brothers Sam, Tom and George in the following years.

She told the Saturday Telegraph she was ‘intimate’ with Thomas 10 years ago and believed she was being targeted online because she has known the Burgess brothers socially for years.   

She said she felt the need to speak up for women who may be too afraid, but didn’t expect to vilified online, claiming some people accused of her wanting to ‘cash in’ on the Burgess family’s fame.

‘One online comment from a woman even said, ”She should be named and shamed, if his name gets dragged through the mud, so should hers”. I couldn’t believe my eyes,’ the woman said.  

Text messages reveal all four Burgess brothers were known to the woman prior to the alleged incident on March 8. Pictured: Luke (left) and Sam (sunglasses) with twins Tom and George Burgess

Text messages reveal all four Burgess brothers were known to the woman prior to the alleged incident on March 8. Pictured: Luke (left) and Sam (sunglasses) with twins Tom and George Burgess

Text messages reveal all four Burgess brothers were known to the woman prior to the alleged incident on March 8. Pictured: Luke (left) and Sam (sunglasses) with twins Tom and George Burgess

She had arranged for Burgess to sign the jersey and then auction if off for charity, revealing it was to raise money for cancer research after she lost a friend to the disease. 

‘I don’t even want to be at home anymore, I feel uncomfortable in the one place that’s supposed to be my safe haven,’ she added.

The NRL is allowing Burgess to play in the current season while the case plays out in the courts. 

‘So as not to prejudice Burgess’ criminal proceedings case, the NRL will wait the outcome of that case before taking any action for possible breaches of NRL rules,’ an NRL statement read. 

George Burgess is pictured above. The NRL has continued to let Burgess play in the current season while the case plays out in the courts

George Burgess is pictured above. The NRL has continued to let Burgess play in the current season while the case plays out in the courts

George Burgess is pictured above. The NRL has continued to let Burgess play in the current season while the case plays out in the courts

‘The decision in no way forms a judgment on the allegations against Burgess which are serious and the NRL reserves the right to impose a No Fault Stand Down in the future.’ 

Burgess’s charge of ‘sexual touching without consent’ carries a maximum sentence of five years.

His case has been adjourned until June 8 giving police time to provide the brief of evidence, however Burgess has been excused from appearing.  

Burgess’s wife Joanna has stood by her husband and uploaded a happy selfie with him to her Instagram stories soon after his arrest.

The couple married in 2016 and have three children together- Boston, 6, Birdie, 4, and Blainey, 2.

Burgess has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexually touching a person without consent (pictured: George Burgess with wife Joanna)

Burgess has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexually touching a person without consent (pictured: George Burgess with wife Joanna)

Burgess has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexually touching a person without consent (pictured: George Burgess with wife Joanna)

Source: DailyMail

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