Footy star who narrowly evaded prison for making sex tapes without the consent of the women he was filming bursts into tears at the scandal and the toll it took on his family
- Penrith Panthers player Tyrone May, 23, apologized with tears during sex tapes
- May was found guilty of filming four sex tapes without the women’s consent
- He was arrested after images leaked online and spread on social media
- May said it was “hardest” to tell his family about the scandal
NRL star Tyrone May has offered a tearful apology after avoiding prison for making sex tapes without the consent of the women he filmed.
The 24-year-old Penrith Panthers utility was given a three-year bond for good behavior and had to do 300 hours of community work in 2018 to film four intimate videos.
The charges for distribution of the videos, which leaked to the media in March 2019, have been dropped.
May was reduced to tears on Wednesday when he spoke about the scandal.
‘For (my little sister) to realize that her brother is on TV for what I stood for it hurt a lot,’ he said 7 News.
‘If I were the father of a girl and that happened to my daughter, I’d be pretty nasty, so I’m really sorry.
NRL star Tyrone May (pictured) has spoken out about the toll his sex tape scandal had on his family after being convicted of filming women without their consent
‘I didn’t know how much drama and trouble I could cause. Once it’s on the internet, it won’t go away. ‘
Agreed facts brought to court revealed that two of the sex tapes involved a woman joining May, a former Penrith reserve player, and another man in a Sydney apartment.
When the video was circulated on social media, the woman contacted the police before a second clip from the same night also surfaced online.
“Again, the complainant did not agree to the recording,” according to the agreed facts.
May said he woke up from an afternoon nap in March 2019 when he received a call about the leaked tires.
He was arrested two days later, before two more videos were leaked online.
May (pictured playing Penrith) was found guilty of filming four sex tapes of two women without their consent before the tapes were leaked online
A woman came forward and identified herself in the last two videos shot at the Best Western motel in Coffs Harbor in February 2018.
May pleaded guilty to four counts of deliberately recording an intimate image without permission, but was spared prison.
The soccer star is doing community service as a gardener at a local dog park.
Magistrate Denes gave May a lecture on consent in the ‘Me Too’ era and said his lack of remorse nearly landed him in jail.
“It makes it really simple: if you don’t know they agree, why would you assume they agree?” Ms. Denes said.
‘Do you just assume that people want milk and sugar with their tea? No, you ask. ‘