A massage therapist alleged that cricket star Chris Gayle exposed himself to her in the changing room.
‘I cried like a child,’ said Leanne Russell, the team’s former masseuse at a Sydney court.
Leanne Russell claimed that the explosive batsman pulled his towel down and revealed his private parts to her during the 2015 World Cup.
The 38-year-old big-hitting batsman, however, denied the allegation.
Chris Gayle filed defamation proceedings against three Australian newspapers – Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times after they printed details of the alleged indecent proposition by Gayle to the massage therapist. He says that these newspapers were out to ‘destroy’ him.
On Day 1 of the hearing, Russell said that she made her way back to the team’s dressing room only to find Gayle in a towel, which he then pulled down to reveal his privates.
Leanne Russell said that Gayle then asked her, “What are you looking for?” to which she replied, ‘a towel.’
“I saw the top half of Chris’ penis – I apologise. I thereafter shielded my view. I said no and walked out.”
Russell then “pulled his towel out and down”.
Russell then told the West Indies team’s physiotherapist about it immediately and was “crying uncontrollably.”
‘I was crying like a child,” said Russell.
“I was upset because of what Chris had done because I’d known him for 10 years.”
Gayle’s teammate Dwayne Smith who was also present during the said exchange denies it.
Smith, however, admitted sending Leanne Russell a text that said ‘sexy’ the day before the alleged lewd exchange between Gayle and her.
Fairfax who owns the three newspapers says that it was defending the publications on the basis the allegations as they were substantially true.