News By/Courtesy: Karthik Sridhar | 04 Dec 2018 22:25pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages.
  • Three months after a jury found he was defamed in Australian newspaper articles which claimed he had exposed himself indecently to a female masseur.
  • The judge found imputations in the articles published by Fairfax “went to the heart of Mr. Gayle’s professional life as a batsman”.

West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages, three months after a jury found he was defamed in Australian newspaper articles which claimed he had exposed himself indecently to a female masseur. Justice Lucy McCallum levied the damages on Monday in a long-awaited ruling after a four-person jury in the New South Wales state High Court found in October 2017 that Fairfax had not established Gayle had exposed himself in a team dressing room during a Sydney training session at the 2015 World Cup.  The jury also found Fairfax was motivated by malice, rejecting the media group’s defense of qualified privilege, which argues the organization acted reasonably by publishing information which is in the public interest. The judge found imputations in the articles published by Fairfax “went to the heart of Mr. Gayle’s professional life as a batsman”. But she agreed with Fairfax, the allegations were “not at the most serious end of the spectrum.” Justice McCallum said Gayle’s evidence that the articles had hurt his feelings was “surprisingly compelling.” A particular source of hurt was called for Gayle to be banned from international cricket. Fairfax said it would appeal because it is “concerned with the conduct of the trial”. “The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax and Fairfax did not get a fair trial,” a spokesman said

 

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 04 Dec 2018 22:29pm IST


Tags : #Sport#Cricket#Defamation

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