Sepp Blatter in sex claim
THE sex assault allegations swirling around the entertainment industry could be spreading to sport, with new claims about disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
He has been accused of inappropriately “grabbing” US goalkeeper Hope Solo at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in 2013.
In an interview with a Portuguese newspape, the World Cup winner claimed, “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass”.
Blatter, 81, who ran the sport’s world governing body from 1998 to 2015, told the newspaper that the allegation was “ridiculous”.
While Hopper personally apologised in the pre-sentence District Court conference, Dorothy believes the 33-yearold was mainly sorry she got caught.
“It was a little harrowing but unfortunately she hurt me so much that I didn’t feel much affinity with her whatsoever,” Dorothy told the
yesterday. The Aboriginal restorative justice conference – designed to give offenders empathy for their victims – revived memories of the Sunday that changed Dorothy’s life.
After arriving home from church to find Hopper hiding inside, Dorothy was hurled to the ground, before the woman repeatedly kicked and threatened her.
Hopper, who was high on methamphetamines, fled with $550 in bill money and $20,000 of mostly-uninsured jewellery, which she traded for drugs. She then sent a text message to a friend that read: “Ring me now … we’ve hit the mother lode”.
Judge Gordon Barrett imposed a non-parole period of three years and nine months for the attack on the “utterly defenceless” grandmother who lived alone in her family home of 44 years.
“She crawled into the loungeroom where you tried to put a reclining chair down on her, saying that she should shut up or you would kill her,” Judge Barrett told Hopper during sentencing.
“You came and put one of your feet on top of her back and you kicked her again, pushing her right down on the ground.
“As you were attacking her, she actually thought that you were going to kill her. She stayed on the floor until you left.”
Dorothy lost “really precious” items including her grandmother’s opal pendant, ring and earrings and rare 50c coins, and had been left hypervigilant and security-conscious.
But she said an outpouring of community support helped restore her faith in strangers.
“There are so many good people out there who didn’t even know me who rang up or saw me on the street who offered help, it just restores one’s faith in people,” she said.
“But I am wary now. I’m always apprehensive and I’ve got to lock everything.
“I have never had to do that in my life and it just feels foreign to me.”
The grandmother of four said drug addicts such as Hopper who stole to fund their addictions had no understanding of the harm they caused victims. “They are so fixed on getting drugs or whatever that the person who they are about to rob has no meaning to them whatsoever,” she said.
Dorothy said she had only insured three of her jewellery items, most of which were never recovered.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen to me so I didn’t insure, so what she took there was really nothing at all to get back,” she said.
“By the time the detectives went around there it had all been sold.”
Dorothy heaped praise on victims of crime support and police for going “absolutely over and above the call of duty” after the traumatic attack.
“They have gone out of their way to look after me and I couldn’t speak more highly of them,” she said.
Other acts of random kindness included a stranger who replaced her mobile phone and a local radio station that donated $550 to replace the stolen cash, Dorothy said.
Hopper also pleaded guilty to the theft of $11,000 worth of jewellery from Coober Pedy’s Desert Cave Hotel, and a Samsung tablet and modem from a car parked at a Pulteney St service station in May 2016.
Judge Barrett said he took into account Hopper’s troubled background of domestic violence that led to her fleeing home at 11, before an abusive adult relationship that caused her to become addicted to heroin and methamphetamines in her 20s.
He urged Hopper to take advantage of support groups upon her release from prison so that she could remain drugfree and be reunited with her children.