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Chris Gayle wins defamation case against Fairfax

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WEST INDIAN cricketer Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against Australian publisher Fairfax Media, over articles that said he exposed himself to a female massage therapist BBC Sport reports.

A jury in Sydney ruled on Monday (Sep 3) that the claims were false.

Massage therapist Leanne Russell had told the hearing that Gayle exposed himself to her in Sydney in 2015, however, Gayle argued that the incident did not happen

Following the ruling, Gayle told reporters outside Sydney's King Street court complex: "I am a good man. I am not guilty. I am glad the public actually get a chance to read into things and they can hear what actually transpired."

Fairfax Media said it would investigate whether to appeal, claiming that the jury had been "misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax".

"It will cost the company a lot of money unless we can reverse it on appeal," said Peter Bartlett, a solicitor acting for the company.

According to BBC Sport, during the six-day trial, Ms Russell said that Gayle had partially exposed himself to her in a dressing room, leaving her "very upset".

She contacted Fairfax Media after being angered when Gayle told a journalist "don't blush, baby" in a television interview, the jury heard.

Fellow cricketer Dwayne Smith, who was also in the dressing room, supported Gayle's version of events.

Gayle's legal team argued that Fairfax journalists wanted to "destroy" the cricketer.

The court will consider damages on Tuesday (Oct 31).

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