Gayle awarded 221k USD in Fairfax defamation case
Windies opener Chris Gayle has been awarded 300,000 Australian dollars (equivalent to US $ 221,000 by the New South Wales court as he has won the defamation suit against the Fairfax media.
In the month of October, 2017, Gayle was deemed to have not have acted in an indecent manner during the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. And after 13 months, Justice Lucy McCullum read out the compensation details on Monday.
Lucy McCullum claimed that the Fairfax media failed to show any valid proof that the WIndies opener had acted in a disapproving manner in front of the female masseur.
According to newspapers Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and Melbourne Age, it was said that, Gayle committed the act in the Windies dressing room during the team’s training session in Sydney.
The jury also denied to agree that Fairfax acted reasonably as a media organisation and that the articles that were published were in good faith and in public interest.
Justice McCullum said on Monday while delivering her verdict:
“In light of the jury’s verdict I am required to assess damages on the basis that the allegation of indecent exposure was not true and that the attribution of such conduct was very damaging to Mr. Gayle’s reputation.”
However, Fairfax didn’t agree to the court’s decision and they are likely to challenge the verdict as one of their spokesman said – “The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax and Fairfax did not get a fair trial.”