Swashbuckling Windies opener Chris Gayle was cleared of all the charges concerning exposing himself to a masseuse during the 2015 World Cup by the four-member jury of the New South Wales Supreme Court.
The incident happened at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. Leanne Russell, who was the masseuse spoke about her horrific experience and the way she incessantly cried after Gayle pulled down his towel to expose himself and asked Russell “is this what you’re looking for?”
Gayle along with another Windies teammate Dwayne Smith declared that the allegations were untrue and nothing of this incident comprehended by Russell happened. Smith had also allegedly sent a text message to Russell saying “Sexy” when the masseuse was giving the massage.
The four-member jury took nearly two hours to consider the three questions which they needed to answer, and all the questions had “no” as an answer. The first question was whether the hard-hitting southpaw exposed himself in the Windies dressing room during the 2015 World Cup?
The 2nd question was whether he “indecently propositioned” Russell and the final one was pertaining to him exposing himself in front of Russell. As per evidence, all the answers went in favour of Gayle, and he was cleared of misconduct.
The verdict also stated that the Fairfax Media has been vindictive in their representation of the report back in January 2016, as it wasn’t based on facts. The court will join together to decide the damages on Tuesday. The incident happened when Russell who is currently a sports administrator had made the story public by contacting the Sports Editor of “The Age”.
“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,” said Russell.
Gayle’s lawyer Bruce McClintock called Russell’s comments as “bitter” and “vengeful. Both were seen hugging each other after the verdict was disclosed.