Chris Gayle plans to sue an Australian media company which published allegations that he indecently exposed himself to a female during last year’s Cricket World Cup, The STAR understands.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Gayle’s management team has engaged Australian defamation specialist Mark O’Brien to file a defamation suit against Fairfax Media that this week published claims made by a woman who said she was working with the West Indies cricket team when the incident occurred.
Fairfax reported that the incident occurred when the Australian woman entered a dressing room to get a sandwich when she thought the players had gone to a training session.
She claimed that Gayle pulled down the towel he was wearing to partially expose his genitals to her while saying to her: “Are you looking for this?”
But Gayle has denied these claims and is pushing to challenge them in court.
“”Chris Gayle has strongly denied the allegations first published by Fairfax Media that he indecently exposed himself to a woman during last year’s World Cup in Sydney,” Gayle’s management said in a statement.
“Despite such denials, Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations which have received widespread republication in media throughout the world.
As a result Chris Gayle has retained Mark O’Brien, a leading Australian media lawyer to immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media,” the statement said.
According to various media in Australia, Fairfax Media stands by their story.
The allegations come amid the recent controversy regarding Gayle’s interview with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin where Gayle told her that her eyes are beautiful and invited her out for a drink.
Gayle’s team in the Big Bash T20 League, the Melbourne Renegades fined the star $10,000 Australian dollars or just over $860,000 Jamaican dollars for his conduct during the interview.
However, Renegades’ chief executive Stuart Coventry labelled the allegations made in the Fairfax report as “opportunistic”, stating that “whatever third parties come out and make comments about incidents that happened in the past have nothing to do with us.”
Reports are that Gayle could also be banished from the Big Bash League if the allegations made in the Fairfax report can be substantiated.