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Warne challenged to take lie detector test

Australian cricketer Shane Warne now faces a challenge to take a lie detector test, by a woman, who accuses him of bombarding her with raunchy telephone calls.
PTI | By Asian News International, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2004 07:49 PM IST

Australian cricketer Shane Warne now faces a challenge to take a lie detector test, by a woman, who accuses him of bombarding her with raunchy telephone calls.

Helen Cohen Alon, 45, a divorced mother-of-three from Johannesburg, claims she was offered 42,000 dollars by Warne's associate to keep quiet about their relationship, phone calls and a  series  of  text messages. She accuses Warne of calling her repeatedly "saying he wanted me" and of sending her text messages telling her he was lying in bed next to his wife, Simone, but "thinking naughty thoughts about me."

She said she first met Warne on February 20 last year at a clothing store in Sandton City, the Johannesburg suburb where the Australian team was based in during its Test and one-day tour of South Africa. "Every time he came to South Africa he would contact me - SMS's had already been sent to my phone. I'm not going to go into that, but it was quite disgusting some of them,"
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cohen Alon as telling Channel Nine.

Though Warne is seeking legal advice over the accusations, which acquaintances of the woman indicate were made to try to win hush money from the cricketer, Alon insists she has proof of  her claims, adds the report.

She said: "I want him to take a lie detector test - I'm prepared to do one - and I want Shane Warne to take one if he's denying everything." Pointing to a brown paper shopping bag, she  said: "All the evidence is in the bag - everything that you want to know is in this bag."

Cohen Alon's former hairdresser, Clifford van der Westhuizen, however said she had told him she planned to blackmail Warne for more than 600,000 dollars.

According to the report, Warne's manager and brother, Jason said: "We regard the allegations of the South African woman, Helen Cohen Alon, as a personalissue between Shane, Simone and the relevant parties. This appears to be a blatant attempt by a person attempting to set up someone for personal gain - whether that be monetary or notoriety - and we will consult our legal
people in this regard. We feel to comment on the issue would only further assist her in gaining the result she is conspiring to create."

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