West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle leaves the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney with his attorney. (Photo credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Oct. 31, 2017: Top West Indian cricket, Chris Gayle, on Monday won his defamation lawsuit against Fairfax Media in Australia. Here are five fast facts you should know:
1: Jamaican-born Gayle successfully argued the claim reported by the media company that he exposed himself to massage therapist Leanne Russell in Sydney in 2015 did not happen.
2: During the six-day trial, Russell said that Gayle had partially exposed himself to her in a dressing room, leaving her “very upset.” So much so that she contacted Fairfax Media after being angered when Gayle told a journalist “don’t blush, baby” in a television interview, the jury heard.
3: A jury ruled Monday that the claims by Fairfax Media were not true, agreeing with the cricketer’s lawyers. 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.
4: Fairfax Media now says it would investigate whether to appeal, claiming. The court will consider damages on Tuesday.
5: Gayle, 38, the first player to reach 10,000 Twenty20 runs, told reporters after the verdict: “I am a good man. I am not guilty. I am glad the public actually get a chance to read into things and they can hear what actually transpired.”