Gayle wins defama­tion case against pub­lisher

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

SYD­NEY: West Indies bats­man Chris Gayle won a defama­tion case against an Aus­tralian me­dia com­pany in the New South Wales Supreme Court yes­ter­day over an al­leged in­ci­dent dur­ing the 2015 World Cup. After less than two hours of de­lib­er­a­tion, the jury found Fair­fax me­dia had failed to es­tab­lish the truth of a se­ries of reports it ran al­leg­ing the 103-test crick­eter had ex­posed him­self to a masseuse dur­ing the tour­na­ment. It also found Fair­fax had failed to es­tab­lish that the al­le­ga­tion Gayle had propo­si­tioned the masseuse was “sub­stan­tially true”. “I came all the way from Ja­maica to ac­tu­ally de­fend my­self and my char­ac­ter as well. At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle told re­porters out­side the court. “I’m a good man. I’m not guilty.” The jury also found that Fair­fax, which pub­lishes The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald and The Age news­pa­pers, was mo­ti­vated by “mal­ice” in pub­lish­ing the sto­ries. A hear­ing over the amount of dam­ages will be held at a later date. —Reuters

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