The videographer for Rassie Erasmus intends to sue World Rugby for publishing his testimony from the Lions video hearing.
Russell Belter tells me that his statements were published without his permission, and that he is “very hurt.”
According to my sources, the man who recorded the infamous 62-minute video of Rassie Erasmus during the British and Irish Lions series plans to sue World Rugby for publishing the evidence he gave at the disciplinary hearing without his permission.
Russell Belter, a South African freelance videographer, has frequently aided the Springboks director of rugby by uploading his private coaching videos to the video-sharing platform Vimeo, including during the World Cup.
“It is extremely unfortunate that World Rugby decided to post all of the papers using our names without asking us,” Belter, who sees himself as merely an intermediary providing technical assistance, told me on Thursday.
That is completely unacceptable, and I will bring it to the attention of my legal counsel.
“There’s an 80-page statement out there that repeats exactly what we said during the trial.”
They said they wanted a private hearing, so I suppose I should expect my statements to be kept private as well.
The whole thing has deeply hurt me.”
On Thursday, South Africa’s players had a day off at their base in Teddington, south-west London, but there were no trips to the West End for shopping or seeing a show.
Instead, captain Siya Kolisi and his team were mostly stuck in their rooms or wandering around the hotel, raising the possibility of a rift over Erasmus’ treatment.
The independent disciplinary committee’s verdicts on charges brought by World Rugby relating to the criticism of referees during the Lions’ tour in July were appealed by Erasmus and his national union, SA Rugby.
Erasmus, 49, will not be with the team during Friday’s captain’s run at the hotel, after which Kolisi and assistant coach Mzwandile Stick will speak to the media, nor will he be at Twickenham for Saturday’s big match against England, when Erasmus might otherwise have reprised his controversial “waterboy” role on the pitch.
On Thursday morning, Kolisi and his Springbok teammates ate breakfast together before breaking into individuals and groups, with their movements restricted by a.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy
The videographer for Rassie Erasmus plans to sue World Rugby for publishing his testimony from the Lions video hearing.
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Rassie Erasmus’ videographer plans to sue World Rugby for publishing his evidence from Lions video hearing