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Statement from Scott Bolton

North Queensland Cowboys player Scott Bolton has released the following statement regarding today's proceedings in Waverley Local Court.

"I have taken very seriously the allegation made against me last year and have been determined to strenuously argue in court that I never at any time acted indecently towards the female involved.

I am not proud of the behaviour I displayed on the night and want to assure everyone I will not place myself in a similar position again.

I am sorry my actions on that night have caused distress to so many people including the lady, my wife and family. I also want to apologise to the club including my teammates, members, partners and fans of the game I love.

This has been a very difficult time for my wife and family and I appreciate that for the past few months the media have respected their privacy and I would please ask that they continue to do so.

Finally, I'd like to thank my wife, family, teammates and club for their ongoing support.

Thank you."