A FREMANTLE official has been accused of sexually harassing a former junior staff member and the club tried to cover it up, News Corp Australia reports.
It was reported in December that the AFL’s integrity unit had opened an investigation into a sexual harassment claim.
No club was named at the time, but the Herald Sun have now reported that the club in question was the Dockers.
The official has not been named.
The report says the former Dockers office worker had accused the Fremantle official of inappropriate behaviour, adding that a significant and secret financial deal was reached to put the matter to rest.
The alleged incident happened several years ago, but the complainant only came forward late last year in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #metoo campaign that followed.
The AFL revamped its respect and responsibility policy last year, and the league will be under huge pressure to ensure any potential cover-up is exposed and that the identity of the Fremantle official is revealed.
The revelations come at a bad time for Fremantle, who take on GWS in Canberra on Saturday.