‘Scared and reserved’


West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle became “very reserved and scared” in public around women after Fairfax published reports alleging he exposed himself to a female massage therapist in a Sydney dressing room, a court heard today.

The West Indies player is suing Fairfax Media for defamation over a series of articles published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times between January 6 and January 9 last year that alleged he exposed himself to a team massage therapist during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The woman at the centre of the stories, massage therapist Leanne Russell gave evidence yesterday that she “cried uncontrollably” after the incident during the Cricket World Cup on February 11, 2015.

“I saw the top half of Chris’ penis, I apologise, and I thereafter shielded my view,” Ms Russell told the court.
Gayle gave evidence on Monday that the incident did not happen and “this is one case I have to fight”.

Chris Gayle (left) leaving the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney today.

Gayle’s long-time friend, UK-based cricket coach Donovan Miller, gave character evidence for the cricketer today.

He said that since Fairfax had published the articles Gayle had become “very reserved and scared” in public places such as bars, “especially [around] females”.

Miller said Gayle “always feels like someone is out to get him”.

“You can see that the incident has affected him a lot,” he said.
“You look in his eyes and you can see he’s really hurting about it.”

Donovan Miller gave supporting evidence for the plaintiff.

Miller said he helped Gayle set up the Chris Gayle Foundation, which works with the charity Cricket for Change to help disadvantaged youth.
“I’m a big believer in helping young people,” Miller said.
“We needed someone like Chris with a big reputation; a big figurehead.
“Everyone loves him. He spends a lot of time … with the fans.”

Earlier today, New Zealand massage therapist Julie Bland gave evidence that she met Russell in March 2015 at a cricket match at Wellington Stadium.
“We crossed paths in the players’ tunnel,” Bland said.

Massage therapist Julie Bland gave evidence in support of Leanne Russell’s allegations.

She said Russell told her “she’d had an incident with Chris Gayle in the changing room. He’d had a towel around him and he’d dropped his towel and said ‘is this what you’re looking for?’”
Bland said she was “pretty shocked; I probably said holy bejeebus.”
“I think I said I was pretty lucky I didn’t have to, excuse my language, put up with that kind of s—”.

Bruce McClintock, SC, for Gayle, produced a Facebook message from mid-2016 in which Bland described Gayle as an arse.
“Do you think he’s an arse?” McClintock said.
“That depends. No, I don’t know Chris Gayle,” she replied.

She rejected suggestions she was giving evidence in the case because she disliked the cricketer.
The evidence in the trial concluded today and Fairfax Media’s barrister, Matthew Collins, QC, delivered his closing address to the jury.

He said it was “impossible not to be moved yesterday when Ms Russell gave her evidence” and she had bared her soul to the jury.

“You have the best seats in the house in this courtroom. Raw, honest and candid emotion [came] flooding out from Ms Russell,” Dr Collins said.

Dr Collins said Gayle’s legal team had “tried to discredit Ms Russell in every way imaginable” but her evidence was “the story of a victim” and she had “no motive … other than to tell you the truth about what happened to her”.

Mr McClintock began his opening address to the jury by saying the “evidence in favour of Mr Gayle is completely compelling”.

He also took aim at Ms Russell, who admitted she has suffered from anorexia, by saying she was apparently “so mentally fragile” she could not tell Gayle she was looking for a sandwich in the team dressing room.

Russell gave evidence yesterday she had told Gayle before the incident that she was looking for a towel because she avoided talking about food.
“There’s still something very, very odd about that,” McClintock said.

The jury is expected to begin their deliberations on Friday, after Mr McClintock finishes his closing address and Justice Lucy McCallum delivers her summing up. 

Source: (SydneyHerald)

23 Responses to ‘Scared and reserved’

  1. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I remember when he hit on sexy female inteviewer in oz …. hes definitely not scared of a woman ..he is a big flirt

  2. Cornelius Wendel Joseph
    Cornelius Wendel Joseph October 26, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    World boss big up

  3. Valerie Knight
    Valerie Knight October 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Why would any female go to a male dressing room looking for food to eat and since when does a sandwich equate to a towel. Wait don’t tell me there is no common room in thus place, women are always looking for an easy pay check, this woman needs psychiatric help for her anorexia.

    • Jennifer October 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      GD – gold diggers. Cosby, woods, lemar, seal, simpson etc. Next is that Jamaican fast runner. Know your enemy. They screw with you and hate you at the same time. This is what a distortion and err in history and religion does to a people. He did good – get a lawyer of their kindred.

  4. MARIA Holder October 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    “I saw the top half of Chris’ penis, I apologise, and I thereafter shielded my view,” Ms Russell told the court.

    Ms. Russell, how do you know it was half? and not a quarter, or a third?

  5. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry October 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    They still wear the wigs

    • Yvette Sasha Bynoe
      Yvette Sasha Bynoe October 26, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Funny Anfaani. Howdy?

    • Jennifer October 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      But why would they not wear them???? they are the devisers of such systems. It all belongs to them. It is for these mugins here to change from their ways and brainwashing.

  6. luther thorne October 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    What is the top half ? Which direction was it pointing ? Could the top half be also the bottom half ? She needs to get her halves right. How does she know that it was half ? Did she measure it ? These technicalities are not in her favour. Will the court ask to see Exhibit A ? Will someone please measure Exhibit A please and detrmine which half is the bottom half or the top half.

  7. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor October 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    She was in a male dressin room…. Nakedness abounds in those…. Pervert like her!

  8. Jimmy Alexander
    Jimmy Alexander October 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    This case sounds like a bunch of hogwash.

  9. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep October 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    See where the money going back to…self-control my people

  10. Rudy Griffith
    Rudy Griffith October 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    He’s black and his penis is extremely long !

  11. Bobotheclown October 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    She saw the top half….And she started bawling Wa law,wa law.That’s real interesting. I wonder if she had seen the whole thing if she would have fainted or worse died of a heart attack. That would have been awful.Chris could have been charged with murder or manslaughter.But for me,I honestly believe what she saw was the “handle of Chris’s bat.”Which has frightened a lot of Guys also.I know Rhianna got a song called “This is what you come for”.I know Chris must have been singing that song and she thought he was referring to her.My question to the young lady would be .was there a red rubber on the half she saw.I think she might have wanted to see the size of Chris’s bat,and was disappointed that she didn’t get to see the whole thing.

  12. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith October 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Judith Birju, that’s the part that got me cracking up, because he tek people for fools.

  13. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    He was where he was supposed to be. What i want to know is why part of his anatomy has her so traumatised. If she had seen all she would be in a coma. Let me state clearly i will never condone indecency , harassment or violence againts or towards anyone. However this case sound stupid. Clearly they felt comfortable around her so . SMH.

  14. Don Reuben
    Don Reuben October 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    They setting up Mr cause he speaks his mind…she don’t know where the kitchen or cafeteria at???

  15. Skilnic Skyy
    Skilnic Skyy October 26, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    It’s a law Court.. .come on ppl. It’s all actors…they following the script

  16. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley October 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    How much you wanna bet if she was walking into say the Aussie locker room and the same happened. They would class it as banter. And would end up on a TV programme like question of sport. Am I calling the race card. No. Just how it is. Banter for others. Court for the other.

    • Jennifer October 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      What we do not understand is that since the plantation days the white woman infiltrated and pull down the black man and family. Nothing has changed. She even forced the black man to sleep with her or he is framed, hung or beaten. The only thing which has changed is that black people got more ignorant of their enemies. Who they now see as each other.

  17. Meakai October 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Let me play the race card since wunna frightened to… serve him right!

    Too many black men see white women as a prize. A trophy to display. Something that says they are better than other black men. A message to black women, that even with your long hair and bleached skin, you’re just not good enough.

    Much worse could be said about black women, but that is another next story for another next time.

    • Jennifer October 26, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Who do we blame????. The so called whites who distorted our hystory and Bible. Then our black leaders for keeping the minds, bodies and purses of blacks, raped and spoiled. In the mind of the black man it is usually about him being on an equal level as the so called white man. Poor soul, with such a mind set. White can NEVER surpass black. Mind you all these men are doing is being BRED OUT too. Fake hair, remi, wigs, relaxers, is a 9 BILLION dollar industry for n which both whites and Asians are cashing in on. Not to mention those wicked, lying holidays this people follow. So we have a long way to go to see any sort of personal INDEPENDANCE.

  18. straight talk October 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

    He drop thee towel and she only see half ?


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