The Chronicle

Hayne being sued by rape victim

- PERRY DUFFIN

CONVICTED rapist and fallen NRL star Jarryd Hayne is being sued by his victim just months after he was locked up for two counts of sexual assault.

Hayne is serving at least three years and eight months in a NSW prison after he was found guilty of raping a young woman on NRL grand final night in 2018.

A jury agreed the woman had not consented to sex with Hayne at her home in Newcastle but he persisted – overpoweri­ng her.

Hayne, from behind bars, appealed his conviction and maintains his innocence. The young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, launched a civil lawsuit against Hayne in the NSW Supreme Court last month.

It is understood the woman, in her mid-20s, has not yet announced if she is seeking financial compensati­on from Hayne and no dollar figure has yet emerged.

The woman told the District Court, at Hayne’s sentencing, that she was left deeply traumatise­d by his alleged rape and they continued to impact her mental health two years later.

The current lawsuit against Hayne is unlikely to proceed until the appeal against his criminal conviction is concluded.

The appeal will be heard in November. The lawsuit, which is due back in court later this month, will likely be stood over.

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Jarryd Hayne.

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