She had known Smith for a long time and had been in a relationship
with him in the past but was not currently in a relationship with Smith
or anyone else, she said.
The pair entered the bathroom in order to have a private conversation in a private place, the woman said.
"I concede a family bathroom was not the most appropriate place to do
this. I will not be elaborating on what happened behind closed doors
but can confirm it was not of a sleazy nature."
The woman said she
respected Smith and while the decision to enter the accessible bathroom
together was a "reflection on our joint lack of personal judgement", it
should not reflect negatively on Smith as a player.
The woman said she was "truly remorseful" for the hurt caused by the incident. However, she would now like to move on.
Smith's agent did not respond to requests for comment.
Here is the woman's full statement:
incident that occurred at Christchurch airport between Aaron and myself
was a thoughtless act which resulted in the hurt of many people, and
for that hurt I am truly remorseful.
"Aaron and I have known each
other for a number of years and have seen each other on and off in the
past. We do not follow each other on social media and I was unaware
that he had entered into a relationship during this time. I am not
currently in a relationship with Aaron or with anybody else as indicated
in the media.
"While at the airport we wanted to have a private
discussion in a private place, and I concede a family bathroom was not
the most appropriate place to do this. I will not be elaborating on
what happened behind closed doors but can confirm it was not of a sleazy
"I respect Aaron as an athlete and do not consider it
is appropriate to publicly discuss his private life or my friendship
with him. It does however take two to tango and I hold myself
responsible for my involvement in the incident.
"I can confirm
my connection with Aaron, both presently and in the past has always been
consensual and I have no complaints about his conduct or his demeanour
"In the years I have known Aaron he has always
expressed his commitment to the All Blacks as being paramount and has
openly described his passion for rugby as being his primary focus in
"Therefore, although the incident was a reflection on our
joint lack of personal judgement, I do not believe it should reflect
negatively on him as a player or on the NZRU as a professional body.
have been in contact with Aaron since the incident and am satisfied
with the way he has publicly responded to the situation. I am unaware of
his private explanation to his partner and do not wish to comment on
this. I have not been contacted by the NZRU but do not believe this is
necessary as this is a private matter.
"I am genuinely apologetic to all parties involved but would now like to move on from the incident."