Ben Simmons’ half-brother Sean Tribe awarded $550,000 following false molestation allegations


The sister of NBA star Ben Simmons has been ordered to pay their half-brother Sean Tribe $550,000.

Olivia Simmons, 29, was sued by Mr Tribe in April after she tweeted a series of false allegations that he had molested her as a child. 

The amount was awarded to Mr Tribe last week, following his default win back in August after Simmons repeatedly failed to show up to court to defend her claims.

Olivia Simmons, the sister of NBA star Ben Simmons has been ordered to pay their half-brother Sean Tribe $550,000. Olivia (right) is pictured with her brothers, Ben (left) and Sean (centre)

Ms Simmons is also permanently restrained from publishing any information claiming she was sexually molested by Tribe, 35.  

Mr Tribe, who manages half-brother Ben’s lucrative basketball career, has no intention of making his half-sister pay the damages, the court was told.

Appearing remotely at the proceedings, Mr Tribe gave evidence that Olivia’s defamatory tweets occurred just days after he received a new car for his birthday from the Philadelphia 76ers star. 

A judge last month found that the 29-year-old single mum (pictured) had defamed her sibling because she was unable to defend her allegations that he had molested her

The determination comes after an undated TikTok video emerged last month, in which Ms Simmons claimed she was abused in a child sex ring. 

‘I have come here today because the country of Australia is sex-trafficking children – and I am a victim of that sex-­trafficking ring,’ she told her followers, according to The Australian.

‘I have recently started having flashbacks and nobody believed me. Everyone keeps hating me like I’m f**king crazy, and I know I’m not crazy.

Tribe, who manages half-brother Ben's (pictured) lucrative basketball career, has no intention of making his half-sister pay the damages, the court was told

Tribe, who manages half-brother Ben’s (pictured) lucrative basketball career, has no intention of making his half-sister pay the damages, the court was told

‘I’m saying this openly. What they’re doing in this country is really f**king sick between the schools and the sporting complexes and all these events. 

‘This entire country was built off paedophilia … and I remember everything.’ 

There is no suggestion her latest claims are in any way related to her half-brother including the false allegations previously made by her about him. 

Pictured: A family photo Olivia Simmons posted in 2020. Left to right, top to bottom: Ben and their father Dave, their mother Julie, Olivia, another family member, and Sean Tribe

Pictured: A family photo Olivia Simmons posted in 2020. Left to right, top to bottom: Ben and their father Dave, their mother Julie, Olivia, another family member, and Sean Tribe

Olivia accused her brother of molesting her in a series of explosive Tweets in April. A judge on Tuesday found she had defamed him with the false allegations

Olivia accused her brother of molesting her in a series of explosive Tweets in April. A judge on Tuesday found she had defamed him with the false allegations

Pictured: Ben and Olivia Simmons, who had a close bond. He flew back to Australia when her child fell ill

Pictured: Ben and Olivia Simmons, who had a close bond. He flew back to Australia when her child fell ill 

While Ms Simmons previously acknowledged that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, she says she does not suffer from mental illness.

Mr Tribe, who works as Simmons’ sports manager in the United States, was supported by his family in denying his half-sister’s accusations – publicly revealing Ms Simmons suffers from mental health issues and stating that his family’s ‘heart breaks for her’.

He released a statement ‘from our lawyers on behalf of my family’ reiterating that Olivia’s allegations are ‘false’ and ‘deeply saddening’. He encouraged ‘victims of abuse’ to speak up but said ‘this is not what has happened here’.  

Mr Tribe took legal action against his half-sister in April after repeated attempts to resolve the situation out of court. 

Simmons became the No. 1 NBA draft pick in 2016 and plays for the Philadelphia 76ers with a $38million pay packet. 

Legal papers filed with the Federal Court in April say the siblings had a normal relationship until March when she falsely accused Mr Tribe of sexual assault to another family member.

Justice Lee said he offered her extensions to file a defence, but eventually banned her from claiming she was abused by Mr Tribe before last week’s hearing. 

In a statement last month, Mr Tribe said he was looking forward to putting the situation behind him.

Pictured: Olivia Simmons during a TikTok video where she claimed she was the victim of a child sex trafficking ring

Pictured: Olivia Simmons during a TikTok video where she claimed she was the victim of a child sex trafficking ring



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