Reporter at centre of sexist Chris Gayle 'don't blush baby' encounter weighs in on NRL group sex session claims

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The Australian female reporter who was subject to sexist comments while reporting on the sidelines of the Big Bash League has spoken out about the alleged group sex sessions NRL players are using for team-bonding.

Mel McLaughlin, 38, became embroiled in a news story last year, after being hit upon live on-air by West Indian Chris Gayle. At one stage Gayle told a stunned McLaughlin "don't blush, baby", during the humiliating interview.

Mel McLaughlin attempts to interview Chris Gayle during a Big Bash game in 2016.

Mel McLaughlin attempts to interview Chris Gayle during a Big Bash game in 2016.

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Commenting on revelations from a former stripper and penthouse model, yesterday, that NRL players are involved in group sex sessions, McLaughlin told a Sydney newspaper "it has been an ongoing problem".

Belinda Medlyn said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph she had group sex sessions with players including Warriors second rower Bodene Thompson, with whom she also conceived their 15-month-old son Hendrix with.

McLaughlin says the whole situation is a mess.

"It's something for me I saw in school. The attitude, the untouchable attitude. But it's a two-way street. This is messy. It's a messy story, the whole thing," she told the Daily Telegraph.

"But I think the pack mentality isn't great. It's certainly not all players. All men do not feel that way about women, but we saw that's a two-way street.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 01:  Bodene Thompson of the Warriors looks on during the round nine NSW Intrust Super Cup Premiership match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at Mt Smart Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Bodene Thompson of the Warriors.

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"It's an ugly thing if you're the NRL. You'd go, 'What more can we do? We educate. They're not children.'"

"We have to educate them to respect them. How hard is it just to respect women? Don't see them as objects, but the girls as well, and it's not all girls, but let's say these girls are actively involved in the texting and maybe enjoying it, you have to be accountable as well."

Medlyn says she and Thompson conceived their son in a secret meeting hours before the Warriors took on the Bulldogs and lost at ANZ Stadium on September 6, 2015, while a teammate watched.

"There's a pack mentality among NRL players," she said.

"They think they're rock stars who can do what they want, until it goes wrong."

The Warriors released a statement yesterday to declare the club does not plan to take any action against Thompson, saying the scandal is a "personal matter" between him and Medlyn.

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