West Indies batsman Gayle awarded $220k in damages for defamation


  • Cricket
  • Monday, 03 Dec 2018

FILE PHOTO: West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle reacts as he leaves the New South Wales Supreme Court after winning a defamation case against an Australian media company in Sydney, Australia, October 30, 2017. AAP/Brendan Esposito/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was awarded A$300,000 (£172,919) in damages by an Australian court on Monday, more than a year after he won a defamation case against Fairfax Media over an alleged incident during the 2015 World Cup.

New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum made the award for articles published in January 2016 that alleged the 103-test cricketer had exposed himself to a masseuse during the tournament.

In October 2017, a jury found Fairfax had failed to establish the truth of the reports. It also found Fairfax had failed to establish that the allegation Gayle had propositioned the masseuse was "substantially true".

Justice McCallam said in her decision that the defamation "went to the heart of Mr Gayle's professional life as a respected batsman" and "had particular resonance in cricketing circles".

The jury also found that Fairfax was motivated by malice in publishing the stories, which could have left the company open to punitive damages.

Justice McCallam said she decided against aggravated damages because Gayle had not given evidence about whether the harm he suffered was increased by the malice.

Fairfax Media said the publisher intended to appeal because of concerns over the way the trial was conducted.

"The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax, and Fairfax did not get a fair trial," a spokesman said in a statement.

"The damages award merely confirms the appalling burden of defamation laws in this country."

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford/Sudipto Ganguly)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Cricket

Cricket-New Zealand humble England in second test to win series 1-0
Cricket-Brathwaite hails Seales in wake of South Africa defeat
Cricket-England batting collapse leaves New Zealand in driving seat in second test
Cricket-S.Africa seal innings win as Rabada rips through Windies
Cricket-ECB to review players' social media after Robinson's racist, sexist posts
Cricket-De Kock's unbeaten ton puts S.Africa on top in first Windies test
Cricket-Conway and Young put NZ in charge against England at Edgbaston
Cricket-Hundred experience will boost India women's World Cup hopes - BCCI
Cricket-Australia's Warner, Stoinis pull out of The Hundred
Cricket-Burns, Lawrence keep England afloat against New Zealand

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers