Watch: Aaron Smith accused of asking woman at centre of sex scandal to lie on legal affidavit for money

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The woman at the centre of the Aaron Smith sex scandal claims the All Blacks halfback offered her money to lie on a legal affidavit that they did not have sex in an airport toilet.

The woman at the centre of the sex scandal broke her silence on Seven Sharp – 'I understand he was really desperate'.
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The woman, whose identity has been protected by Seven Sharp during an exclusive interview which aired tonight, says Smith asked her to lie on an affidavit because it would get the media to stop scrutinising them.

"Aaron contacted me and said 'Hey look I've spoken to my lawyer... if you swear an affidavit saying we did not have sex in the bathroom then the media will leave us alone,'" the woman said.

Directly asked whether Smith asked her to perjure herself she replied: "Yes, he was, he was".

"After I told him it was illegal and look we just couldn't do that, I'm sorry I want to help you but this wasn't an option.

The woman spoke with Seven Sharp in a bid to set the record straight.
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"He acknowledged that he did understand it was wrong, but he said 'look I really need this... I feel bad asking but would it help if I compensated you financially,'" the woman said.

Pushed whether Smith offered her money to lie she replied he did.

"Yeah he did and look I don't want to make a big deal about that... because I understand he was just really desperate at the time for this not to come out," the woman said.

The woman was clear she flat out refused the money.

The woman spoke with Seven Sharp in a bid to set the record straight.
Source: Seven Sharp

However, messages appear to show Smith pleading with her to keep quiet, calling her "hun", "babe" and "baby" in the days before he publicly apologised.

The woman says her reputation has been so damaged by the incident she's taking legal action against the NZRU, the Highlanders and Smith's manager.

In a statement NZR said the re-opened investigation is a response to fresh media reports about the situation.

"Based on information published today New Zealand Rugby believes that it needs to investigate the Aaron Smith matter further and has instructed an independent lawyer to do so," NZR said.

"Until those enquiries are complete we will not be making any further statements to the media. It is effectively an employment issue that requires investigation."

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