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Fresh batch of Guildford allegations

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00
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All Blacks wing Zac Guildford faced fresh allegations on Tuesday stemming from a drunken binge that ended with him staggering naked and bleeding into a bar then assaulting two people.

Kelly Pick, a triathlete in the small Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, said Guildford also repeatedly made lewd sexual comments and harassed her as she was on a training run along a road on the main island Rarotonga.

"His behaviour was totally inappropriate to the point where I felt unsafe," Pick wrote in a letter published in the Cook Islands News on Tuesday.

"He was obviously highly intoxicated and driving his rental scooter very dangerously and speeding like an idiot.

"I got back from my run totally shaken and angry that someone feels they have the right to harass and leer at other people."

Pick told Radio New Zealand she had lodged a complaint with Cook Islands police about Guildford's behaviour last Thursday.

"(He) can't just continue this kind of behaviour and there be no consequences for him," she said.

Guildford issued an apology on Monday over his conduct, saying he was "hugely embarrassed" and would seek help to "sort myself out".

The 22-year-old, who has a history of problems with alcohol, was publicly reprimanded by All Blacks management during the recent Rugby World Cup.

He reportedly appeared at a popular Rarotonga bar last Thursday dripping wet, naked and bleeding from cuts believed to have come from a scooter accident earlier in the day.

The bar's owner, Jack Cooper, told Radio New Zealand on Monday that the wing stumbled into the waterfront venue and hit two patrons, one of whom was celebrating his 60th birthday.

AFP

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