Did Chris Gayle ‘expose himself’ to a masseuse during 2015 cricket World Cup?
Chris Gayle is all set to defend himself in a case of exposing himself to a female message therapist during the 2015 cricket world Cup, bringing in teammate Dwayne Smith as a witness.cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2017 13:10 IST
West Indies’ flamboyant batsman Chris Gayle will deny exposing himself to a female massage therapist in Australia during the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia when he appears at a court in Sydney, having launched a defamation proceeding for $1 million.
Gayle, according to The Daily Mail, is set to deny exposing himself to the masseuse in the West Indies dressing room while preparing for a game. Gayle is also expected to provide evidence on his part at the New South Wales (NSW) Supreme Court when the case is heard later in October.
Gayle claims that a series of stories run in the Australian media for ‘intentionally exposing his genitals to a woman in the West Indies team dressing room’ are defaming. The 38-year-old cricketer said the media reports also defamed him by claiming that Gayle ‘indecently propositioned’ to the same woman.
The report added that Gayle has claimed that the Australian media reports have ‘brought him into public disrepute, ridicule and contempt, damaging his personal reputation and commercial brand’.
Gayle and the female massage therapist will provide their respective evidences before a jury, and the West Indies cricketer is also expected to bring in teammate Dwayne Smith, who was reportedly in the dressing room when the incident allegedly took place.
The reports in Australia were published by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times last year, right after Gayle landed himself in a controversy for asking out female TV presenter Mel McLaughlin live on-air.
While talking about the match he was playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) for the Melbourne Renegades, Gayle asked Mel out and when she did not reply, he quipped ‘don’t blush baby’, bursting into a loud laugh.
On their part, the Australian media houses have claimed allegations against Gayle are true. In a defence statement registered in the Supreme Court, the media houses said the ‘plaintiff’ Gayle exposed himself to the female masseuse ‘Person A’ while West Indies were based at Drummoyne, on February 12, 2015.
“During the training session, whilst the majority of players were on the field, Person A entered the players’ dressing room. The plaintiff and another West Indian cricketer, Dwayne Smith, were in the dressing room. The plaintiff was wrapped in a towel,” their defence statement says.
The following conversation is set to have taken place between Gayle and the woman, according to the Australian media houses:
Gayle: ‘What are you looking for?’
Masseuse: ‘A towel.’
Gayle: ‘Are you looking for this?’
“As the plaintiff asked Person A “Are you looking for this?” the plaintiff pulled his towel out and down and partially exposed his penis to Person A’. As Person A said “No”, she put her hand up to the plaintiff and walked out of the dressing room,” the defence stated.
Gayle will be a ‘star witness’ in the hearing which will begin October 23.
The newspaper publishers have claimed that the stories related to the female masseuse were of ‘legitimate public interest’.
“At the time of publication of the matters complained of (Gayle’s) conduct and character was of proper and legitimate public interest...,” the defence added.
The stories talked about a professional cricketers’ conduct, treatment of women professional players, an alleged sexual harassment of a woman trying to do her job.
Gayle has said that he has ‘has been greatly injured and his business, personal and professional reputation has been and will be brought into public disrepute, odium, ridicule and contempt’.
Gayle complained that such reports have damaged his reputation after they were carried by websites in UK, Singapore as well as Barbados.
First Published: Oct 13, 2017 13:01 IST