Saturday 18 November, 2017

Chris Gayle scared around women after accusations claim, court told

Jamaica and West Indies batting star Chris Gayle.

Jamaica and West Indies batting star Chris Gayle.

Jamaica and West Indies batting star Chris Gayle is now scared of being around women since the media published stories saying he exposed himself to female massage therapist, Leanne Russell, in a changing room during the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

This was disclosed to the New South Wales supreme court on Thursday by cricket coach Donovan Miller, a close friend of Gayle.

The cricket coach, who was born in Jamaica but now lives in England, gave character evidence to the court on Thursday, in which he insisted that the player had been badly scarred by the claims.

“You can see that the incident has affected him a lot," Miller told the court.

"You look in his eyes and you can see he's really hurting about it,” he added.

“At this point, he’s very reserved and scared … especially with females, because he always thinks someone’s out to get him.”

Miller who helped the cricketer set up the Chris Gayle Foundation also spoke to Gayle’s philanthropic contribution and value to the charity organisation.

"We needed someone like Chris with a big reputation; a big figurehead,” Miller said.

"Everyone loves him. He spends a lot of time ... with the fans."

In reports reproduced in several news mediums last year, Russell claims the cricketer partially exposed his genitals to her in a changing room during the 2015 World Cup in Australia. 

Gayle, who has vehemently denied the claims, which he called ‘hurtful’ has sought legal recourse in the form of a defamation lawsuit against Australia media entity Fairfax.  After hearing closing arguments in the case on Thursday a jury is expected to rule on the matter on Friday. 

Based on the account put forward by Russell, she had entered the changing room in search of a sandwich when she encountered Gayle, who was clad in a towel, along with teammate Dwayne Smith.

“Chris asked me what I was looking for…I said, ‘A towel’. And he said, ‘Are you looking for this?’ I saw the top half of Chris’s penis and I shielded my eyes and left the room,” Russell told the court.

"I said ‘No’ and I walked out.”

Russell recounted that she later went to the stands and claimed the incident had left her upset and shaken.