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Court awards Gayle £173,000 in defamation damages

Court awards Gayle £173,000 in defamation damages

Via ESPNcricinfo – Chris Gayle has been awarded £173,000 in damages in relation to a defamation case he won against Fairfax Media in October 2017.

The batsman had been the subject of articles claiming he had exposed himself to a massage therapist in Sydney during the 2015 World Cup.

The claimant, Leanne Russell, alleged that she entered the dressing room to look for a towel when Gayle dropped his and said “is this what you’re looking for.”

Judge Lucy McCallum, in her verdict last October, said Fairfax had not justified its articles on either the basis of truth or of qualified privilege.

After finalising the value for damages, McCallum said the allegations “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s professional life as a batsman”.

The player had given evidence to that end during the trial saying it was “the most hurtful thing I’ve actually come across in my entire life”.

However, ESPNcricinfo says Fairfax Media will appeal the judgment.

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December 3rd, 2018

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