Dwayne Smith accused of lying

Barbados Today:-West Indies cricketer Dwayne Smith, who admitted texting the word “sexy” to the team masseuse while she was massaging him, has been accused of lying to the court about his teammate Chris Gayle’s interaction with her.

On day two of Gayle’s defamation case today against Fairfax Media for a series of articles published in 2016, Smith was asked by the barrister for Fairfax, Matthew Collins, if he had seen Gayle expose himself to the masseuse Leanne Russell in the change rooms at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval during the 2015 World Cup.

Gayle is attending court but did not give evidence today. Yesterday he vehemently denied Russell’s allegations and said they had hurt him deeply and damaged his reputation internationally.

Smith agreed he was in the changing room and saw Russell but denied he saw Gayle pull up his towel and expose his penis. He also said he did not hear Gayle ask Russell “Is this what you are looking for” when she entered the change room and said she was looking for a towel.

“That did not happen,” Smith said. “That is something I would remember if it happened.”

Smith also denied seeing an email from team manager Richie Richardson to all players after the incident, which said Russell had been made to feel “uncomfortable” by some of the players.

“I suggest to you that the evidence you gave [on] the observation that Gayle partially exposed his penis was false evidence, what do you say?” Collins asked.
“No,” said Smith.

The journalist who wrote the first of the stories in question, the sports editor of the Age, Chloe Saltau, told the court that after the “firestorm” in the media over Gayle’s on-field comments to TV presenter Mel McLaughlin in January 2016, she received a tip that Gayle had behaved inappropriately with other women in sport.

Saltau said an acquaintance sent her a Facebook message saying she had a story about Gayle. The woman who sent that message was Russell, who had met Saltau and was a colleague of her husband’s.

Saltau called Russell and they began a discussion about writing her story, which was about Gayle’s behaviour towards her while she was working as a team masseuse in 2015.

Russell told Saltau she thought the story was relevant in light of the McLaughlin interview. Saltau told the court Russell said the “catalyst” to tell her story was that the McLaughlin interview made her “physically sick”.

However, Russell did not want to be identified by name or by profession, Saltau told the court.

Under cross-examination from Gayle’s barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, Saltau said she trusted Russell as a source. McClintock asked if Saltau had not asked herself whether Russell was a “fabulist”.

Fairfax is defending the articles on the grounds they were true. Saltau gave detailed evidence about the lengths she went to to check the story, get legal advice and get comment from Gayle’s personal management.

Saltau said her colleague in Sydney, Steve Barrett, also approached the West Indies team manager and media manager for comment.
The acting editor of the Age at the time was Mark Forbes, Saltau told the court.

15 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply

    Only Dwayne that does lie do st Lucian’s listen to parliament debates or even some preacher men make a survey

    1. Anonymous
      October 25, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

      Cause you never lie!

  2. Fpjean
    October 25, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply

    Only Dwayne that does lie do st Lucian’s listen to parliament debates or even some preacher men make a survey

  3. Spin doctor
    October 25, 2017 at 10:59 am Reply

    In any cricket story one can expect to read about cricket balls made from cork, bad balls and spin. Now Smith be very careful how you play that defensive stroke because you’re saving your wicket and not Gayle’s. And if Gayle has been given out LBW by the umpires of the court because he exposed his ‘wicket’ then so be it. How’s that!

  4. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply

    Concerned :
    For the sake of goodness.. Some of you if you don’t have a worthy contribution please be quiet..

  5. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply

    Even pope Francis who the catholics worship as their god tells lies to save his skin and so do i

  6. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    Only st.lucian politicians that does not lie

  7. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Look it

  8. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

    What she went and do in the men changing room-towel, what she expected to see come on give me a break.

  9. Cascadela
    October 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    WHY DONT THE WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD TAKE INITIATIVE AND TEACH THOSE CARIBBEAN CRICKETERS ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT THIS IS BIG CONSIPIRACY IN THE WORK PLACE WHAT YOU MAY PERCEIVE AS SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS NOT THE CASE OUTSIDE OF THE CARIBBEAN THIS IS BIGGER INAPPRORIATE LANGUAGE, ANY THING YOU SAY THAT MAKES SOMEONE FEEL COMFORTABLE IN A SEXUAL NATURE YOU MAY THINK ITS A JOKE ITS A HARASSMENT,EXPOSING OF YOUR SELF IS EVEN DANGEROUS MAKING JOKES IN ANY WAY TOWARDS AN INDIVIDUAL BE IT ABOUT RACE SEXUAL ORIENTATION RELIGION IS CONSIDERED HARASSMENT AND YOU CAN BE FINE LOST YOUR JOB YOUR REPUTATION AS COMPANIES TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUS THIS IS A MAJOR LAWSUIT THATS WHY COMPANIES TEACH SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLASSES AND SEMINARS TO UPDATE THEIR EMPLOYEES THE CARIBBEAN IS AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE THIS IS OVERLOOK BUT ITS NOT THE CASE IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES.YOU BLACK IN A WHITE RACIST COUNTRY AS AUSTRALIA YOU HAVE TO BE ON GUARD WHAT MAY GET AWAY WITH IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY IS NOT THE CASE IN THESE RACIST ENVIRONMENT I BLAME GAYLE HE SHOULD CONDUCT HIMSELF APPROPRIATELY ESPECIALLY WHEN OUTSIDE YOUR TERRITORY AS ITS A BAD IMAGE FOR WEST INDIES CRICKET WHICH HAS BEEN SINKING DEEPER IN DESPAIR

  10. Raj Ramsaran
    October 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Listen some of these players has a history of molesting young girl and Chris is no different, haven’t he been the one on live TV with a molestation charge when interviewed by an Australian journalist , he been caught because of the live interview but this matter happen behind close doors so what he will do try to presume not guilty but the truth will prevail.

  11. Liverpool
    October 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I sure she see that was the men room so y the f she went in there for women dose look for dem thing because a black brother having some money u want to do him that look girl go and get a life and leave black people alone

  12. [email protected]
    October 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

    The white just envy black

  13. Anonymous
    October 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply

    What the he’ll she doing in men locker room looking for towel these white girl always trying to bring down them black brothers .she should have seen the whole room of naked men . She has no right in there unless called upon .she went in his space .

  14. Angelic
    October 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm Reply

    If Dwayne lied for Gayle that’s his business. Like my mom would say no Bad habit changes over night!! So when Gayle displays his bad habit again, Dwayne will have no choice but to hide his face in the sand. Good Luck!!!

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