West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has told his Sydney defamation trial against Fairfax Media today that one of its journalists was out to “destroy” him following a series of articles in The Age that alleged he exposed his genitals to a female masseuse during the Cricket World Cup in Australia in 2015.
In the NSW Supreme Court today, Gayle’s barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, alleged the series of articles were some sort of payback for Gayle’s now infamous “don’t blush baby” comments he made post-match to then Channel Ten reporter, Mel McLaughlin.
McClintock told the court that McLaughlin and one of The Age journalists who worked on the articles knew each other and “had intended to blacken his name … They wanted to destroy him.”
McClintock added: “They knew what they were doing. It was a vicious and savage and false attack.
“He comes to court to prove to you and the whole world the allegation is wrong. It’s false. He will tell you that the incident never happened.”
Gayle told the court the incident involving the masseuse “never happened” and added the allegations were “the the most hurtful thing I’ve actually come across in my entire life.”
The international cricketer also claimed that his team mate, Dwayne Smith, was present at the massage clinic in Sydney and would vouch that the incident never occurred.
The presiding judge, Justice Lucy McCallum, said the matter should conclude within two weeks.