The model-turned-history instructor who give up an elite South African faculty after having a sexual relationship with no less than one pupil is the ‘sister-in-law’ of Girl Amelia Spencer, it may be revealed immediately.
Fiona Viotti, 30, resigned all of a sudden from £16,000-per-year Bishops Diocesan School in Cape City final Thursday earlier than an 18-year-old pupil got here ahead to say he was in an ‘intense’ sexual relationship together with her.
Investigators on the faculty are actually getting ready to interview 40 current and former pupils over the scandal – which has seen express movies of Fiona shared across the school and on-line.
Fiona – who married enterprise capitalist Pavo Viotti simply final yr – is the daughter of Dave Mallett and has a brother named Greg Mallett.
Greg is in a long-term relationship with Girl Amelia Spencer, daughter of Charles Spencer, ninth Earl Spencer. She is Princess Diana’s niece.
Fiona Viotti, 30, has give up a prestigious South African boarding faculty the place she taught historical past after an 18-year-old pupil stated he had an ‘intense’ sexual relationship together with her
Fiona’s brother is Greg Mallett (far proper) who has been relationship Girl Amelia Spencer (entrance) for the final 9 years. He’s well-known by the Spencers, and regarded a part of the household
Whereas Girl Amelia and Greg (pictured collectively in 2014) aren’t married, Girl Kitty – Girl Amelia’s sister – has referred to him as a ‘massive brother’ up to now
Officers on the £16,000-per-year faculty now imagine that a number of boys had been concerned in relationship with the instructor over quite a lot of years, and have known as in attorneys to research
Girl Amelia met Greg whereas finding out on the College of Cape City – town the place she grew up with twin sister Girl Eliza Spencer – and the pair have been relationship for the final 9 years.
Whereas they aren’t married, Girl Kitty Spencer – Amelia’s sister – has up to now referred to Greg as her ‘massive brother’ and he’s thought of to be a part of the household.
Fiona’s uncle is Nick Mallett, the previous South African nationwide rugby coach.
The scandal broke on Sunday, when a South African newspaper reported claims that an 18-year-old on the faculty had been in a sexual relationship with Fiona, that grew to become controlling when he tried to finish it.
The teenager instructed the newspaper that she refused to just accept the affair was over, at which level he instructed his mother and father who known as in a lawyer.
She then give up the college, the place she additionally labored as a water polo coach and under-14 rugby coach, and is now regarded as sheltering at her father’s home.
The college stated in a press release that they’re probing an allegation of ‘critical misconduct’ by a former instructor, and there may be motive to imagine that a number of boys ‘have been affected over quite a lot of years.’
Viotti’s lawyer has spoken solely to disclaim claims that she had fled the nation, although stated she is ‘harassed’ over the allegations. No prices have but been laid.
The lawyer added that movies of Viotti circulating on-line had been shared with out her consent, and that posting them is a legal offence.
A college e-newsletter reveals that Fiona married 13 months in the past, to 32-year-old Pavo, who has a prime enterprise capital and personal fairness firm in Cape City.
The pair have now separated, based on native studies.
Outlining the claims towards Fiona, one of many boy’s mother and father instructed the IOL information website: ‘He was a keen participant to start with however grew to become a sufferer when he could not get out of it.
‘The instructor began texting him to come back to her home on the campus and that is the way it began however it obtained to the stage the place he had had sufficient.
Viotti – the niece of former South Africa rugby coach Nick Mallett – was a historical past instructor, but additionally coached the water polo crew (pictured)
The previous mannequin had been relationship banker Pavo Viotti (proper) since 2008 and the pair married simply 13 months in the past
Pavo is now stated to have separated from his spouse, and refused to reply the door at their £350,000 Cape City property. She is regarded as residing together with her mother and father
‘However the instructor would not let him go and he went to his mother and father for assist and so they went to the headmaster and now it’s all popping out.’
Sources instructed native media: ‘It appears this has been occurring for about six years.
‘That’s the reason the headmaster is asking for different boys previous and current to come back ahead with info. If the rumours on the faculty are appropriate there may very well be many many extra concerned.’
The South African Police Service haven’t been concerned as legal prices haven’t been laid because the schoolboy is 2 years over the age of consent.
A college supply stated: ‘It could seem this isn’t a legal matter however considered one of gross misconduct between a instructor who has stepped over a transparent line and it’s a matter for the college to deal with.
‘They’ve appointed a senior lawyer who’s unbiased of the college to make sure the matter is investigated correctly’.
Faculty principal Man Pearson admitted to the intercourse scandal rocking the elite faculty in a press release saying: ‘We are able to affirm that there have been a number of boys who’ve been affected over quite a lot of years.
‘The investigation into the intense sexual misconduct of considered one of our feminine academics is ongoing and we have now appealed to boys and oldsters for any info that may add to our understanding.
‘We perceive there will probably be a number of questions however please recognize it is a matter which must be managed with the utmost sensitivity and I can not share extra info at this stage’.
The college additionally revealed that it has made a crew of psychologists and psychiatrists obtainable to any boy or member of the family which will have been affected by the occasions surrounding the instructor.
The instructor’s father Dave Mallett can be a historical past instructor on the similar Christian church faculty and coaches the rugby 1st XV and her grandfather Anthony was a former headmaster there for 18 years.
Bishops Diocesan School is considered one of South Africa’s most prestigious faculties, with alumni together with astronaut Mark Shuttleworth and South African cricket star Herschelle Gibbs
Dave Mallett, Viotti’s father, is a historical past instructor, housemaster, and rugby coach on the faculty – and has spoken of his ‘devastation’ after the claims had been revealed
English-born housemaster Dave, who has remained on the faculty regardless of the allegations towards his daughter has despatched a message to oldsters saying his household confronted ‘powerful instances forward’.
The devastated dad stated: ‘Thanks very a lot for the messages of assist that we have now obtained within the wave of the devastating occasions involving my daughter Fi and our household as a complete.
‘Robust instances forward little question – however I will be soldiering on to assist my household as greatest I can.
‘Clearly Fiona’s well being and security is our precedence proper now and we will probably be doing all we will to assist her pull this by’ he stated.
Bishop’s Diocesan School is a non-public faculty based in 1849 by Bishop Robert Grey to show Christian values and educate the sons of colonialists in Cape City and prices £15,000 a yr to attend.
Former pupils embody astronaut Mark Shuttleworth and South African cricket star Herschelle Gibbs.
Fiona is a former mannequin, performed water polo as an adolescent, and was one of many ‘Beauties of Sport’ featured in Sports activities Illustrated in 2009 – a yr after she met her future husband.
The couple fell in love in 2008 whereas backpacking in Vail, Colorado, and their adventures took them to South America, Europe and South East Asia earlier than they returned collectively to Cape City.
They had been married in September final yr in a white wedding ceremony in Plettenberg Bay and had been planning a household collectively till the college scandal hit the information.
She is believed to be in hiding together with her mother and father at their house in Cape City, whereas he has refused to remark or reply the door at their £350,000 house in a Cape City suburb.
Each have deleted all their social media accounts and shut buddies say they’re residing aside for the time being.
South African media has extensively publicised the hyperlink between the previous Springbok coach Nick Mallett and his niece and no denials have been made that any photographs or movies posted aren’t of Fiona.
A former schoolboy at Bishops Diocesan School who was taught water polo by the college mistress stated: ‘Each boy on the faculty was besotted with Fiona as she regarded like a supermodel.
‘However the factor was she was by no means flirty and comes throughout as a really shy and harmless and really good woman and to listen to these allegations has simply blown me and numerous the fellows I went to highschool with away.
‘Fiona’s uncle Nick was the Springboks coach and her dad Dave coaches the rugby 1st XV and her grandfather Tony was headmaster right here for practically 20 years after he emigrated right here from England.
‘The Malletts are a part of the material of the latest historical past of Bishops and I can not imagine Fiona of all folks has been having intercourse together with her pupils as she is the entire reverse of the type of individual you’d suspect.
‘The phrase is that there’s a lot extra to come back out and former pupils who left the college years in the past are being contacted. It’s a nice faculty and among the best in South Africa and also you simply do not anticipate this.’