Former AFL coach Dani Laidley has faced court after being charged with breaching a court-imposed order.
Laidley was bailed after a hearing in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by police into incidents in Prahran in mid-2020 and January 2021.
A court sketch of Dani Laidley from last year.Credit:Nine News
The 54-year-old from Moonee Ponds will face court again on August 26. A police spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate to comment further while the matter was before the court.
Police did not release any further information about the charges, or how Laidley is alleged to have breached the order.
Earlier this month Laidley filed a lawsuit against Victoria Police for negligence over the leaking of photos of her in custody, alleging officers acted with malice and used derogatory language to describe her in an internal message group.
A mugshot of Laidley and a photo of her being interviewed by two officers while wearing a wig and make-up were published on social media in the hours after her arrest outside a woman’s home in May last year.
Documents filed in the Supreme Court on May 3 allege Detective Senior Constable Murray Gentner shared the images with at least nine Victoria Police officers in a WhatsApp message group called the “SD1 Gentleman’s Club” on May 3 last year.
The documents allege Detective Senior Constable Gentner used disparaging language to describe Laidley to two other police officers, saying she had been “dressing like a tranny” and was a “full-blown tranny”.
The Age revealed in December that a seven-month investigation into the circulation of the images resulted in 39 officers and seven public servants facing internal disciplinary action. A further 224 employees of Victoria Police were cleared of any criminal or internal disciplinary action.
Three officers are facing criminal charges over the unauthorised disclosure of information and their cases remain before the courts.
The former North Melbourne player and coach, who was known as Dean Laidley, recently underwent a gender transition. She pleaded guilty to stalking and was put on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for 18 months.
The release of the photographs caused her and her family “considerable distress”, her plea hearing was told in November.
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