Ex-AB sorry for teen assaults
10 Feb 2010
Former All Black Robin Brooke has made a public apology for assaulting two teenagers in Fiji on New Year’s day.
Brooke apologised for groping a 15-year-old girl and then assaulting a 17-year-old boy (both from New Zealand) for trying to intervene last month, adding that he did not know what he was doing because he was intoxicated.
‘It was 3am … I had had too much to drink,’ he said on a New Zealand television programme. ‘Within 20 minutes of finding out what I had done, I was on the phone to the Whittakers [the family of the 17-year-old boy]. I set up a meeting with them. I rang the guardian of the young lady concerned as well.’
Brooke has agreed to attend alcohol counselling, a $3000 donation to charity, reimbursement of the girl’s airfare and payment of legal fees.
However, he could still face a $200,000 lawsuit from the Whittakers.