Gayle wins Oz masseuse case

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West Indies cricket star on Mon-

day won a defama­tion case against an Aus­tralian me­dia group which claimed he ex­posed his gen­i­tals to a mas­sage ther­a­pist. The lurid ac­cu­sa­tions were made by Fair­fax Me­dia news­pa­pers The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, The Age and The Can­berra Times in a se­ries of sto­ries in Jan­uary last year. They claimed the all-rounder ex­posed him­self to team masseuse Leanne Rus­sell in a dress­ing room at the 2015 World Cup in Syd­ney and “in­de­cently propo­si­tioned” her. Gayle de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing the jour­nal­ists be­hind the story wanted to “de­stroy him”. His team-mate Dwayne Smith, who was in the chang­ing room at the time, also de­nied the in­ci­dent took place. A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle’s favour, find­ing Fair­fax was mo­ti­vated by mal­ice. The me­dia group had de­fended the ar­ti­cles on the ba­sis the al­le­ga­tions were sub­stan­tially true. “At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle said af­ter the ver­dict.

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