A massage therapist Leanne Russell, who was working with the West Indies side during the 2015 World Cup in Australia, said that she ‘cried uncontrollably’ when the Caribbean star Chris Gayle allegedly exposed himself to her while talking in a Sydney Court which left her ‘very upset’. Reportedly, Gayle has filed a lawsuit against the Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over a sequence of stories regarding this issue in January last year.
Gayle, who was present there on the first day of his defamation suit on Monday, denied all the allegations that were brought against him and in reply said that the media group wants to ‘destroy’ him.
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The newspapers reported that Gayle exposed himself to Russell in a dressing room, who was at that time with the West Indies team and ‘indecently propositioned’ her. Gayle’s teammate from the West Indies team Dwayne Smith who was present at that time has denied the incident.
While talking in the NSW Supreme Court, she said that she went to the changing room to look for a towel and came across Gayle. Gayle asked her: “What are you looking for?” the court heard, as per Herald.”I said, ‘a towel’,” she replied, and he “pulled his towel out and down”.”I saw the top half of Chris’ penis -I apologies. I thereafter shielded my view. I said no and walked out.” She felt she was sexually harassed as she cried like a child. Russell further mentioned that she informed the West Indies team physiotherapist about the incident immediately. However, Smith admitted that he did send a message to Russell quoting ‘sexy’ after she gave him a massage day before the Gayle incident took.
According to Herald, Russell was ‘sick of being treated this way’ spoke out to make other women realize that this kind of incident happens every day and women should speak out about the harassment they face in everyday life. The publication gained some momentum when Gayle tried to flirt with an Australian reporter during the Big Bash League and asked her out for a drink. The trial which started on Monday is scheduled to run for 10 days.