Former AFL coach Dani Laidley has received a confidential financial settlement from Victoria Police after officers leaked images of her in custody online.
In 2020, officers leaked the photos of Laidley wearing a blonde wig, dress and make-up. The photos were widely shared on social media and published by newspapers.
She had sought aggravated and exemplary damages after alleging the officers breached their duty of care.
Laidley alleged the leak brought her “into public ridicule and contempt and [she] has suffered, and continues to suffer, loss and damage.”
This week, Victoria Police confirmed they’d reached a settlement with Dani Laidley and the legal action had ended.
“By agreement of both parties to the litigation, the terms of settlement are confidential,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
“As per standard process, any discipline proceedings relevant to the members charged criminally will follow the conclusion of those criminal matters.”
The amount of the settlement is unknown.
Dani Laidley will receive compensation from Victoria Police officers over leak
In May 2020, Dani Laidley was in custody after police officers arrested her for stalking a woman.
The leaked photos showed Laidley inside the police station wearing a dress, long blonde wig and makeup, and mugshot. Laidley’s gender transition wasn’t publicly known at that time.
After an internal investigation, 39 Victoria Police officers faced internal disciplinary action over the leak.
Dani Laidley will also receive compensation from other police officers involved.
Police also ultimately charged three officers with a range of offences in the scandal.
Earlier this month, a judge acquitted Detective Senior Constable Murray Gentner of the charges against him.
Victoria Police also charged Senior Constable Shane Reid and Constable David Hall. The two officers will face hearings later this year.
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