Chris Gayle wins $300,000 in se le­ment

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

WEST In­dies cricket star Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in dam­ages, three months af­ter a jury found he was de­famed in Aus­tralian news­pa­per ar­ti­cles which claimed he had ex­posed him­self in­de­cently to a fe­male masseur.

Jus­tice Lucy McCal­lum levied the dam­ages Mon­day in a long-awaited rul­ing af­ter a four-per­son jury in the New South Wales state High Court found in Oc­to­ber, 2017 that Fair­fax had not es­tab­lished Gayle had ex­posed him­self in a team dress­ing room dur­ing a Syd­ney train­ing ses­sion at the 2015 World Cup.

The jury also found Fair­fax was mo­ti­vated by mal­ice, re­ject­ing the me­dia group’s de­fense of qual­i­fied priv­i­lege, which ar­gues the or­ga­ni­za­tion acted rea­son­ably by pub­lish­ing in­for­ma­tion which is in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

Fair­fax Me­dia said Mon­day it will “im­me­di­ately” ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

Jus­tice McCal­lum awarded Gayle a sin­gle sum for a se­ries of ar­ti­cles pub­lished in Jan­uary, 2016 in the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, Can­berra Times and Mel­bourne Age. Ag­gra­vated dam­ages were not awarded and the fig­ure was at the lower end of re­cent defama­tion pay­outs.

The judge found im­pu­ta­tions in the ar­ti­cles pub­lished by Fair­fax “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s pro­fes­sional life as a bats­man.” –

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