A woman who claims she was sent lewd messages by Jonathon Patton has opened up further about her interactions with the AFL star, saying she was asked to send him naked pictures of herself and photos of her feet.
The Hawthorn forward has been stood down while the club investigates allegations of inappropriate behaviour on social media after several women came forward and alleged the 27-year-old sent them unsolicited images and videos.
Patton vehemently denies sending unsolicited images and videos of himself, the Herald Sun reports.
One of the women, Elle Coonan, told Nine “from the get-go he was talking to me in such a sexual nature that I never reciprocated — he would send me photos of him in bed exposed”. She added she “would make it really clear that I didn’t want that from him”, and has now alleged Patton asked if she would travel from Brisbane to Melbourne during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown to meet him.
Coonan said the backlash she’s received since making the allegations has been severe, but stood by her decision to go public because sending allegedly unsolicited, lewd material is “never OK”.
“I didn’t sleep for over 40 hours (after going public) … I was in tears all day,’ Coonan told the Daily Mail.
“At times I regretted coming forward and wished I kept my mouth shut … but I know I did the right thing.
“He said wanted to see me in heels and kiss my feet.”
Coonan says Patton first contacted her in June last year, and alleges he sent her videos of a sexual nature without her consent. She also alleges Patton “wanted to suck my toes”.
“Even though we exchanged numbers, this was done so under the guise that he would speak to me respectfully,” she said. “It was not an invitation for him to gratify himself sexually to my discomfort.”
Coonan says she has been inundated with messages from social media trolls, who are suggesting she has to share the blame for her interactions with Patton — especially after giving him her phone number.
However, she defended her conduct and her reasons for speaking out.
“This story is bigger than money, I allowed my experience to be shared in the hopes that other women would feel safer to come forward and speak out,” she told the Daily Mail.
“I want nothing more than to see a change in people’s attitudes and for women to be treated with the respect that they deserve.”
Patton, who only joined Hawthorn from GWS ahead of last season, has deleted his social media accounts with the club confirming an investigation by its integrity committee had begun.
On Sunday night Jacqueline Kearton also alleged she was sent photos and videos via social media by Patton, which she did not want.
Kearton told Channel 7: “He just needs to be made an example of so these young guys who are coming up and looking at these older players think they’d better not do that sort of stuff.
“Unfortunately it’s not something that’s uncommon but it makes you feel uncomfortable.”
Hawthorn’s investigation was based around the allegations of another woman.
“Hawthorn Football Club is aware of allegations made on social media regarding the behaviour of Jonathon Patton,” the statement read. “The allegations are of behaviour that does not reflect the values and standards of Hawthorn Football Club.
“As soon as the club became aware of the allegations it addressed the matter with Patton directly and clearly communicated that any behaviour of this nature would not be tolerated.
“The club takes these allegations seriously and has referred the matter to Hawthorn’s Integrity Committee.
“Hawthorn advocates for equality and respect for everyone and demands this same behaviour from all involved with the club.”
Patton was an inaugural member of the GWS Giants side after being the first overall selection in the 2011 AFL National draft.
Injuries, including three knee reconstructions, restricted him to just 89 games over eight seasons but he snared 130 goals before being traded to the Hawks for the 2020 season for a future fourth-round pick.
He played six games for the Hawks in 2020 with three goals.