Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) News Online – International cricketer Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages for being defamed in articles that claimed he exposed himself to a female massage therapist in Sydney in 2015.

Summary

  • International cricketer Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages for being defamed in articles that claimed he exposed himself to a female massage therapist in Sydney in 2015.
  • The damages judgement came more than a year after a jury found in favour of Gayle, who sued Fairfax Media over the articles published in newspapers and online in 2016.
  • In her reasons, Justice Lucy McCallum accepted that Gayle was hurt by the publication of the articles and that “the imputations had particular resonance in cricketing circles, among fans, coaches, officials and players”.
  • In his evidence to the court, Gayle said the story had gone viral, an assertion Justice McCallum accepted.
  • The jury found that the articles were prompted by malice, however Justice McCallum said she disregarded the defendants’ malice in her assessment of damages.


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