BREAKING NEWS: AFL star Elijah Taylor is dramatically arrested after teenage girlfriend he snuck into quarantine hub made shocking allegations against him
- Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor, 18, was arrested in Langford, Perth on Sunday
- CCTV appeared to show Taylor being arrested and put into a police vehicle
- It’s understood Taylor is being questioned by police at Cannington police station
- His manager said he is cooperating with police and no charges have been laid
Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor was arrested in Perth on Sunday following a series of off-field controversies.
CCTV footage appeared to show Taylor being taken into custody by officers and put into a police vehicle in Langford, in the city’s south east, at about 1.25pm.
It’s understood Taylor is being questioned by police at Cannington police station, 7News reports.
The teenager’s manager Tom Seccull said he is cooperating with police, but no charges have been laid.
Taylor, 19, is being investigated by his team the Sydney Swans and the AFL over the allegations made on social media
Lekahni Pearce (pictured) – the now ex-girlfriend of 18-year-old Sydney Swans rookie Elijah Taylor who snuck into his AFL quarantine hub – made domestic violence allegations against the young footy player
Drafted with pick 36 in the 2019 AFL Draft, Taylor played four games in his first year before being suspended over the COVID-19 bio-security breach
Taylor was suspended last month for the remainder of the 2020 season after sneaking his then-girlfriend Lekahni Pearce, 18, into the Swans’ AFL quarantine hub at Perth’s Joondalup Resort.
His senior teammates reportedly discovered Ms Pearce in the hotel premises and raised the alarm.
She had reportedly crossed a golf course to be reunited with her then boyfriend.
Ms Pearce told Channel 7 she didn’t see any security guards while sneaking into the hub.
‘I just walked through, went to his room. That’s how easy it was. I didn’t jump any fences,’ she said.
Ms Pearce had just completed her own mandatory self-quarantine period after flying in from Sydney.
Taylor was sent home in the aftermath of the scandal, while his club was fined a total of $50,000 – with $25,000 suspended.
Earlier this month Ms Pearce made allegations of domestic violence against Taylor.
She also shared a photo of her bruised face and levelled a series of accusations against the rising star in an Instagram post.
Ms Pearce alleged the acts took place three times in Sydney prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘The Sydney Swans are aware of allegations made on social media regarding first year player Elijah Taylor,’ a statement read.
‘The allegations are very serious and are being treated as such.
‘The club had notified the AFL and is not in a position to comment further at this time.’
The AFL integrity unit is handling the investigation over the alleged incident.
Ms Pearce alleged the acts took place three times in Sydney prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
Ms Pearce reportedly snuck across the golf course and into the resort where the players were staying
Pearce, 18, earlier this month shared a photo of her bruised face
Mr Seccull issued a statement saying the club is aware of the allegations.
‘However, given the seriousness and sensitivity for those involved, we’re not in a position to comment further at this stage,’ he said.
Taylor had been staying with family in WA following the suspension for his breach, which cost the Sydney Swans $50,000 in fines.
Taylor, who is the nephew of former AFL star turned Channel Seven commentator Brian Taylor, has played four games for the Swans since being drafted from Western Australia.
He made his AFL debut just two months ago in the Swans’ loss again the Gold Coast Suns at the SCG.