Gayle awarded $220k in dam­ages

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

West Indies bats­man Chris Gayle was awarded A$300,000 ($220,770) in dam­ages by an Aus­tralian court yes­ter­day, more than a year af­ter he won a defama­tion case against Fair­fax Me­dia over an al­leged in­ci­dent dur­ing the 2015 World Cup.

New South Wales Supreme Court Jus­tice Lucy McCal­lum made the award for ar­ti­cles pub­lished in Jan­uary 2016 that al­leged the 103-Test crick­eter had ex­posed him­self to a masseuse dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

In Oc­to­ber 2017, a jury found Fair­fax had failed to es­tab­lish the truth of the re­ports. It also found Fair­fax had failed to es­tab­lish that the al­le­ga­tion Gayle had propo­si­tioned the masseuse was “sub­stan­tially true”.

Jus­tice McCal­lam said in her de­ci­sion that the defama­tion “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s pro­fes­sional life as a re­spected bats­man” and “had par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance in crick­et­ing cir­cles”.

The jury also found that Fair­fax was mo­ti­vated by mal­ice in pub­lish­ing the sto­ries, which could have left the com­pany open to puni­tive dam­ages.

Jus­tice McCal­lam said she de­cided against ag­gra­vated dam­ages be­cause Gayle had not given ev­i­dence about whether the harm he suf­fered was in­creased by the mal­ice. Fair­fax Me­dia said the pub­lisher in­tended to ap­peal be­cause of con­cerns over the way the trial was con­ducted.

“The jury was mis­led in a way that prej­u­diced Fair­fax, and Fair­fax did not get a fair trial,” a spokesman said in a state­ment. “The dam­ages award merely con­firms the ap­palling bur­den of defama­tion laws in this coun­try.”

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