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Rabbitohs clear Te'o after rap singer rant

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Daniel Lane

Accused … Rabbitohs recruit Ben Te'o.

Accused … Rabbitohs recruit Ben Te'o. Photo: Darren Pateman

SOUTH SYDNEY have cleared Queensland State of Origin forward Ben Te'o of any wrongdoing after a rap singer made an allegation on Twitter that he was attacked by the Rabbitohs off-season recruit.

Samuel Ratumaitavuki, aka Fortafy, alleged on Twitter during the week that he was ''jumped'' by Te'o, the footballer's brother Sam and another man.

Souths chief executive Shane Richardson was aware of the allegation and said despite not being contacted by the police, the club launched its own investigation and decided there was no need to take the matter further.

''We have investigated it and found nothing wrong was done,'' he said. ''It [was reported], I think, last Saturday but there's nothing incriminating.''

Ratumaitavuki, who has a huge online following, and James Soeli Kisina, convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby's half brother, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court last year for forcing their way into Te'o's Brisbane home and assaulting two of his brothers in 2011 during his stint with the Broncos.

The footballer was brought into a love triangle when the pregnant ex-girlfriend of the hip-hop artist alleged she had slept with the league star.

Attempts to contact Ratumaitavuki on Saturday were unsuccessful.

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