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Woman tries to sell Warne story

12/08/2003 05:39:44 AM Comments (0)

Helen Cohen Alon, the South African woman accusing Shane Warne of harassment, offered to sell her story to the Sydney Morning Herald for $US250,000 ($A382,400).

The newspaper said it declined but published an interview with the 45-year-old anyway.

Cohen Alon said she wasn't trying to blackmail Warne as has been suggested by her former hairdresser, Clifford van der Westhuizen.

"Why would I want to blackmail Shane Warne when he was a friend of mine?" she said from Johannesburg.

She added: "Why doesn't he just come out with the truth that he did harass me. Why doesn't he do that, and that we were friends in the beginning? And I really liked him, and I still do. He's a fantastic guy. There's nothing wrong with him.

"It's just that you cannot get away with things that you try and do to a woman all the time."

The divorced mother of three has alleged Warne pestered her for more than a year with salacious telephone messages.

Warne has yet to comment publicly.

On Sunday his company, 23 Red, said it was private matter between him and his wife, Simone, and suggested he was being set up for someone's "personal gain".

Cohen Alon said she was not alone in her situation.

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