Chris Gayle wins Australia masseuse court case

Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against Fairfax Media

In court, masseuse Leanne Russell gave tearful evidence in which she said she walked into the dressing-room looking for a sandwich and found Gayle wrapped in a towel.

The star all-rounder sued the company after it published a series of articles claiming he had exposed himself to a woman working "around" the West Indies team in Sydney in 2015. Justice Lucy McCallum will now assess how much money Gayle will be awarded in damages.

His teammate Dwayne Smith, who admitted texting the word "sexy" to Ms Russell during a massage, also told the jury the exposure did not happen.

I am a good man, I am not guilty.

Following the release of the verdict, Fairfax lawyer Peter Bartlett from Minter Ellison said, "The decision could cost the company a lot of money unless we can reverse it on appeal".

"Fairfax Media is concerned with the conduct of the trial to the extent that, on Friday, it sought an order that the jury be discharged and a new trial ordered", a spokesman said.

"Fairfax believes that it did not get a fair trial". "I am glad the public actually get a chance to read into things and they can hear what actually transpired".

The stories ran in three of its newspapers in 2016 after Gayle was criticised for inviting reporter Mel McLaughlin to have a drink after a Big Bash game and telling her "Don't blush baby" during a live TV interview.

Gayle's legal team argued that Fairfax journalists wanted to "destroy" the cricketer.

The court will consider damages on Tuesday (31 October).



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