Ex-Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm is speaking out against her former music teacher who allegedly sent her inappropriate messages while she was in high school.
Malcolm was allegedly subjected to “grooming behavior” by her former “mentor” Aurelio “Bobby” Gallo while a student at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Australia.
Malcolm, who was around 16 at the time, looked up to Gallo while she was in school.
“I thought it was great to get all this extra education and my skills were improving,” the former Victoria’s Secret model said, according to The daily mail. Eventually, their interactions, which began over email and initially focused on school matters, became inappropriate.
Gallo allegedly asked Malcolm for photos in an email sent to him on February 2, 2009, before complaining that he had not received any “topless” photos of the then teenager.
The next day, the teacher sent another email to Malcolm, this time referring to a gift he had given her. “Remember when things get tough, hold on to the special charm I gave you and think of all the special things that bring you happiness…I know this will give you strength,” reportedly -he writes.
Gallo continued to message Malcolm, asking him to see her when he returned to Australia after working overseas.
Following Malcolm’s allegations, Gallo was reportedly fired from his position as Director of Performing Arts at John Paul College in Queensland.
Principal Karen Spiller confirmed Gallo’s dismissal in a letter, according to PerthNow.
“I am writing to the University community to inform you of the matter regarding our Head of Performing Arts, Mr Bobby Gallo. I can now confirm that Mr Gallo is no longer employed by John Paul College with immediate effect … The safety and well-being of our students is paramount to everything we do,” Spiller reportedly wrote.
“Clear professional standards are expected of our staff, and this has been a very disappointing episode for the college and our community,” she added.
Malcolm decided to come forward after his internship at the United Nations in 2021, where Grace Tame, survivor of the assault, gave a speech on International Women’s Day (March 8) last year.
During Tame’s speech, Malcolm began to struggle with “feelings of self-blame, guilt and shame”, which prompted her to begin the process of telling her story.
Malcolm modeled for Victoria’s Secret in 2015 and 2016. She has also appeared in campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney.