Caribbean sporting heavyweight, Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against an Australian media house. Fairfax Media had published reports that the Jamaica and West Indies cricket star exposed himself to a female massage therapist in a changing room during the 2015 World Cup in Australia. A jury in the New South Wales state Supreme Court decided on Monday that Fairfax Media has not established that the allegations were true, and there was malice in the timing of the publication.
The public now awaits word on how much Gayle will seek in damages.
The West Indies cricketer had denied the allegations when they were first reported, calling them hurtful. Leanne Russell- a massage therapist, had alleged that she had entered the changing room in search of a sandwich where she ran into Chris Gayle. She testified that he had been clad only in a towel and had been in the company of teammate Dwayne Smith. “Chris asked me what I was looking for…I said, ‘A towel’. And he said, ‘Are you looking for this?’ I saw the top half of Chris’ penis and I shielded my eyes and left the room,” Russell said in her testimony. She told the court that she told Gayle, ‘No’ before walking out.
Russell said the incident had left her upset and shaken.