West Indies cricket big name Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages, 3 months after a jury discovered he used to be defamed in Australian newspaper articles which claimed he had uncovered himself indecently to a feminine masseur.
Justice Lucy McCallum levied the damages Monday in a long-awaited ruling after a four-person jury within the New South Wales state Top Court docket present in October, 2017 that Fairfax had now not established Gayle had uncovered himself in a crew dressing room all over a Sydney coaching consultation on the 2015 Global Cup.
The jury additionally discovered Fairfax used to be motivated via malice, rejecting the media staff’s protection of certified privilege, which argues the group acted fairly via publishing data which is within the public pastime.
Fairfax Media stated Monday it’ll “right away” enchantment the verdict.
Justice McCallum awarded Gayle a unmarried sum for a chain of articles printed in January, 2016 within the Sydney Morning Bring in, Canberra Occasions and Melbourne Age. Annoyed damages weren’t awarded and the determine used to be on the decrease finish of latest defamation payouts.
The pass judgement on discovered imputations within the articles printed via Fairfax “went to the guts of Mr Gayle’s skilled lifestyles as a batsman.” However she agreed with Fairfax, the allegations had been “now not on the maximum severe finish of the spectrum.”
“In gentle of the jury’s verdict I’m required to evaluate damages at the foundation that the allegation of indecent publicity used to be now not true and that the attribution of such behavior used to be very harmful to Mr Gayle’s recognition.”
Justice McCallum stated Gayle’s proof that the articles had harm his emotions used to be “unusually compelling.” A selected supply of harm had been requires Gayle to be banned from world cricket.
Fairfax stated it might enchantment as a result of it’s “keen on the behavior of the trial.”
“The jury used to be misled in some way that prejudiced Fairfax and Fairfax didn’t get a good trial,” a spokesman stated.