October 30, 2017
Chris Gayle won defamation case against Australian publisher4 min read
Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against an Australian publisher over articles that said he exposed himself to a female massage therapist.
The claims by Fairfax Media were not true, a jury in Sydney ruled today. Massage therapist Leanne Russell told the hearing that Gayle exposed himself to her in Sydney in 2015. However, Gayle successfully argued the incident did not happen. It is unclear how much he will seek in damages. Fairfax Media said it will investigate whether to appeal, claiming that the jury had been misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax. Gayle’s legal team argued that Fairfax journalists wanted to destroy the cricketer.
The jury ruled the company was motivated by malice when the articles were published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times. However, the court will consider damages on Tuesday.