West Indian Cricketer Chris Gayle has won his defamation battle against Fairfax Media after a New South Wales Supreme Court jury found the newspapers acted in malice.
The four-person jury, of three women and one man, also found Fairfax did not establish that Chris Gayle intentionally exposed himself or indecently propositioned a woman in 2015.
Mr Gayle congratulated his legal team after the verdict saying “a win is better than any damages” and “I’m a good man”.
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Earlier, Fairfax had defended the articles on two bases, including the allegations were true.
They pleaded the defence of qualified privilege, which requires a publisher to show defamatory articles were of public interest and argued it acted reasonably.
Damages are expected to be substantial.
West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against Fairfax Media. https://t.co/H7Q3i9jxMt
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