Dwayne Smith accused of lying

West Indies cricketer Dwayne Smith, who admitted texting the word “sexy” to the team masseuse while she was massaging him, has been accused of lying to the court about his teammate Chris Gayle’s interaction with her.

On day two of Gayle’s defamation case today against Fairfax Media for a series of articles published in 2016, Smith was asked by the barrister for Fairfax, Matthew Collins, if he had seen Gayle expose himself to the masseuse Leanne Russell in the change rooms at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval during the 2015 World Cup.

Gayle is attending court but did not give evidence today. Yesterday he vehemently denied Russell’s allegations and said they had hurt him deeply and damaged his reputation internationally.

Smith agreed he was in the changing room and saw Russell but denied he saw Gayle pull up his towel and expose his penis. He also said he did not hear Gayle ask Russell “Is this what you are looking for” when she entered the change room and said she was looking for a towel.

“That did not happen,” Smith said. “That is something I would remember if it happened.”

Smith also denied seeing an email from team manager Richie Richardson to all players after the incident, which said Russell had been made to feel “uncomfortable” by some of the players.

“I suggest to you that the evidence you gave [on] the observation that Gayle partially exposed his penis was false evidence, what do you say?” Collins asked.
“No,” said Smith.

The journalist who wrote the first of the stories in question, the sports editor of the Age, Chloe Saltau, told the court that after the “firestorm” in the media over Gayle’s on-field comments to TV presenter Mel McLaughlin in January 2016, she received a tip that Gayle had behaved inappropriately with other women in sport.

Saltau said an acquaintance sent her a Facebook message saying she had a story about Gayle. The woman who sent that message was Russell, who had met Saltau and was a colleague of her husband’s.

Saltau called Russell and they began a discussion about writing her story, which was about Gayle’s behaviour towards her while she was working as a team masseuse in 2015.

Russell told Saltau she thought the story was relevant in light of the McLaughlin interview. Saltau told the court Russell said the “catalyst” to tell her story was that the McLaughlin interview made her “physically sick”.

However, Russell did not want to be identified by name or by profession, Saltau told the court.

Under cross-examination from Gayle’s barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, Saltau said she trusted Russell as a source. McClintock asked if Saltau had not asked herself whether Russell was a “fabulist”.

Fairfax is defending the articles on the grounds they were true. Saltau gave detailed evidence about the lengths she went to to check the story, get legal advice and get comment from Gayle’s personal management.

Saltau said her colleague in Sydney, Steve Barrett, also approached the West Indies team manager and media manager for comment.
The acting editor of the Age at the time was Mark Forbes, Saltau told the court.

Source: (Guardian)

15 Responses to Dwayne Smith accused of lying

  1. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill October 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Sadé Alleyne

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  2. David Cumo
    David Cumo October 24, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    D Man not lying I saw every thing she ask d man ta let she it and d man say no

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  3. Shauna Layne
    Shauna Layne October 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Elvis Howard

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  4. luther thorne October 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Ha ha ha
    Dwayne just hit them for two sixes , three fours and a five.

    When women come around, boy things always get dicey. Us men have to be careful with these gallows- bait. This is why the ancient men kept men apart from men , boys away from girls. Modern man change all of this and nothing is working . The only way to stop these things happening is to keep women from these type of situations.

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  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Some people will do anythingto get money.

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  6. Janis October 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Rule by the Dick and Die by the Dick. Lol

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  7. orlando October 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    i really dont like that headline. you could have been a bit more suttle. you acting as though dwayne is in trouble.or the story is a big deal. well to me it aint

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  8. Shelly-Ann Caddle
    Shelly-Ann Caddle October 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    OMG this is what it coming to but what the masseuse doing with his number to begin with CHEUPSE………………..Smart way to bring our black kings down

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    • Jennifer October 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      And they deserve it too. As soon as then get some money them ditch the melanin. Idiots. Tek that. Not sorry at all. I hope she get some money from the case too.

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  9. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose October 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    If I had done it …we definitely wouldn’t be in this situation…professionalism people

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  10. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose October 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    You see he rover missy d’s man toiled in de sun fah dah.

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  11. Saga Boy October 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    So what was she doing looking for a towel in the men’s changing room? What would have happened if on entering all the men were naked and totally exposed? Given the type of job she had how did she reach the stage of being uncomfortable. Surely she should have been comfortable seeing naked or partially bodies in the changing room. This is a plot to target our best players in order to extract some much needed funds. In the meantime perhaps we need to teach Smith et al how to get a massage and resist the temptation of feeling sexy. It could get you in trouble.

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  12. Bobotheclown October 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Yes.Bwouy, I am sure if Chris Had indeed Lowered the”Boom”(I mean the Towell)Dwayne would have remembered cause that Woman Reporter would have Gasped,or run out of the locker room.Did she knock before entering the room.Why was she looking for a towel in the men’s locker room? Could it be that she wanted the exact towel that Chris had around him?.No one has asked Chris if he was being a Gentleman and was giving her his towel when she noticed “Ben”.There are a lot of unanswered question to this occurrence. Supposed it was the West Indies women’s team locker room ?Would it have been okay for a male reporter to enter ,and ask for a towel?Just imagine if that had happened. Like I said Chris probably cheeky asked if the towel he was wearing was the one she was looking for,or wanted.Only a gentleman would leave himself exposed in order to accomadate a Lady.

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  13. Alex Alleyne October 29, 2017 at 7:34 am

    When it’s all over , then Smitty can sue for “being accused LYING”.
    I thin this will be,…. “DEFAMATION OF CHARATER”

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