Russell ‘cried after seeing Gayle’s penis’

Masseuse Leanne Russell has told a Sydney court it was a “horrific” experience and she cried uncontrollably after West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle pulled his towel up to expose his penis.

“I saw the top half of his penis, I apologise,” Russell said. “Thereafter I shielded my eyes.”

Russell said she ran up to the stand, where she sat for two-and-a-half hours and cried because the day before another player, Dwayne Smith, had sent her a text saying “sexy”.

“I was very upset that a team that I had known for so long would treat me that way.”

Leanne Russell and Chris Gayle

Russell is the star witness in the defamation case against Fairfax Media by the international cricketer. Gayle has attended each day and was in court with his legal team to watch Russell’s emotional testimony before a packed court.

Russell said the exposure of his penis came after she walked into the dressing room to get some lunch at Drummoyne Oval in 2015 when she was the team masseuse.

“Chris asked me what I was looking for,” she said. “I said, ‘A towel’. And he said, ‘Are you looking for this?’ I saw the top half of Chris’s penis and I shielded my eyes and left the room. I said ‘No’ and I walked out.”

Russell indicated to the jury that she lifted her hand up to shield her eyes.

“I hadn’t eaten that day and the catering was in the change room,” she said.
Russell explained she told Gayle she was looking for a towel and not food because she did not want to discuss food.

Russell said she went up to the stand and she cried.

“Horrific. I was very upset,” she said. “I was crying uncontrollably. I was crying like a child.

“I was upset because of what Chris had done because I’d known him for 10 years.”

She said “jokes like that meant nothing to him” but were very upsetting.

“I remember being upset,” Russell said. “I was sick of being treated that way. I was someone who had forged my career in sport. I would never be as successful as I would be if I was a man.”

Russell said she went to JB Hi-Fi and bought a Samsung tablet because she was determined to keep a diary. She said she kept to herself that night and made her first diary note.

The next day, on 12 February, Russell said she got the bus to the SCG and set up the massage table and waited outside.

“I was approached by the team manager, Richie Richardson,” she said.

The afternoon session was filled with cross-examination of the masseuse, during which her private messages with friends were read out.

In a private Facebook message with a friend in February 2015, Russell wrote: “Gayle is a lazy-assed mother f…er. Does no work or prep.”

“You’re not a wilting violet unable to say ‘F…k, a…hole and motherf…r’ are you?” Gayle’s barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, said to Russell.

In another message from Russell to her friend, she said “I told them all to f…k off with their late night texts,” in reference to the West Indies players.

McClintock suggested Russell “hatched up a plot” to frame Gayle, which she denied.

He said that in her “obscene” Facebook conversation with a friend, Russell did not reference the Chris Gayle incident that would have happened a few days earlier. She talked about the players but made no mention that Gayle flashed her.

Russell told the Age last year that Gayle exposed himself to her and made a lewd remark while she was working for the West Indies team. Her anonymous story led to several other stories published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Canberra Times in January 2016.

Russell told the court she spoke out about the incident in the wake of Gayle’s famous “don’t blush baby” interview with sports reporter Mel McLaughlin because she was “furious that women who work hard in this industry are made to feel that way both on camera and in a change room”.

“People like Chris get to decide if we’re successful or not. I was extremely upset,” Russell said.

The court heard that the West Indies team received an email from team operations manager Sir Richie Richardson on February 12, 2015, saying Russell had “encountered a few uncomfortable situations with members of the team” and reminded them to treat her with respect. Gayle gave evidence on Monday that he did not believe Richardson’s caution referred to him.

Gayle took legal action against Fairfax Media for the publication of the offending articles, which he said were untrue and malicious.

Source: (Guardian)

30 Responses to Russell ‘cried after seeing Gayle’s penis’

  1. straight talk October 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    You only saw half ? You should be glad that you in see thee whole thing.

    • jennifer October 25, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Lol. The ordinary class laugh.

  2. straight talk October 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I feel thee size of that half and thee colour had she in trouble.

  3. jennifer October 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Well he got his nig*#& wake up call. They all get it sometime. But if he did it he was hard wrong. Keep in your place.

  4. Francis October 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    You all find this comical????

    • jennifer October 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Now Francis. Let me tell you. Nothing changes under the sun. Okay. Any situation where black men or black women find their azzez in this position is comical. Know your place and stay in lane. I hope this woman gets some cash from his lazy AH too. GOOD.

  5. Milli Watt October 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    when dat crowd did having their way with our women on de head row, in front our children, their men it was never a problem. she was shock that she was SHORT changed for all these years by her own. hope he win

  6. BIGSKY October 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    The lady wanted to see a RED HEN and not a big BLACK COCK,it probably startled her because of the LENGTH it had to travel to get HARD scratch grain.

  7. BIGSKY October 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    The woman was frightened by the BIG BLACK ANACONDA,remember she had never seen one of the JAMAICAN species.

  8. bk October 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Stupses, she should have never been in the MENS dressing room.

  9. lswiltshire October 25, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    why did she cry at the sight?

    • miche October 26, 2017 at 1:27 am

      children cry when they want something they cannot get,,,then cry sour grapes

  10. Saga Boy October 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    GIVE ME A BREAK! So she cried like a little child after seeing a big black one eh? Somehow something don’t seem right. Something is wrong with this story. If yah go into a men’s dressing room what is it you expect to see? Sorry I mean if you go into a black men’s dressing room what is it you expect to see?

  11. luther thorne October 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I thought it was Russell that cried and I wondered why he would cry only to find out the Russell was not the Russell I thought it was. Why cry ? I know that women scream and cry if they see a snake. It is said by some that man may have evolved from a snake

    • Jennifer October 26, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Then watch how that snake tongue branch into a splade crawling slow on its belly, and coming in for it’s prey. Bam venom upload.

      • harry turnover October 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

        Aha Jenny…girl like ya had some good times or still having ? ha ha !!

        • jennifer October 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

          Lol harry. He he he.

  12. Saga Boy October 26, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Jennifer you seem to know what you are talking about!

    • jennifer October 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Oh yes I do sags. Check the history. Check for the coil and wrap around.

  13. Alex Alleyne October 26, 2017 at 7:12 am

    The wiggle is better than the giggle.

  14. Shadz October 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Okay. Let me just say that as a woman, it’s hard to pursue certain careers. Ppl like Gayle make it hard for us. What he did was absolutely disgusting if you ask me.

  15. Milli Watt October 26, 2017 at 9:52 am

    and imagine this country just pass sexual harassment legislation……clearly she would have loss if she did hey

  16. Walter Prescod October 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Just trying to take down another black icon! And the show goes on.

  17. lswiltshire October 26, 2017 at 10:57 am


    do black girls cry when they seE black birds?

  18. Allison Skeete October 26, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Did someone say Harvey Weinstein?….chupse give me a break?

  19. Sanky October 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Vote: Most Comical Story of the Year

  20. Marva October 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Who saw her crying and who came to the aid of this damsel in distress?

  21. Ann Thomas October 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    What a stupid woman. What did you expect to see in a men’s locker room? What were you going there for?

  22. charjoy October 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    The lizard run up she foot and it disappear, everybody keep searching everywhere. ……

  23. BOBOTHECLOWN November 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I am glad she didn’t see the whole thing …She might have died…Gayle would have been charged with a demeanor ,or even worse, causing death through fear. I wonder if she is having nightmares ,or anxiety fits, crying in her sleep?Sure she still has a mental picture.


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