Chris Gayle wins defama­tion case

The Herald (South Africa) - - SCHOOL SPORT -

WEST Indies cricket star Chris Gayle yes­ter­day won a defama­tion case against an Aus­tralian me­dia group which claimed he had 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 team­mate, Dwayne Smith, who was in the chang­ing room at the time, also de­nied the in­ci­dent took place.

Am NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle’s favour, find­ing Fair­fax was mo­ti­vated by mal­ice.

“At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle said af­ter the ver­dict.

A hear­ing on dam­ages will be held at a later date.

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