www.theguardian.com:-The West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is scared of being around women ever since stories were published saying he exposed himself to a female massage therapist, a Sydney jury has been told.
“He always feels someone is out to get him,” close friend and professional cricket coach Donovan Miller told the New South Wales (NSW) supreme court on Thursday.
Gayle is suing Fairfax Media for defamation, saying it falsely claimed he intentionally exposed his genitals to and indecently propositioned Leanne Rus-sell in the West Indies dressing room during a Sydney training session at the 2015 World Cup.
Matt Collins Q.C., acting for Fairfax Media, said Russell bravely bared her soul to give raw and honest evidence about Gayle.
She not only repeatedly described the incident but, in the full glare of the national media, revealed she suffers from anorexia, he said.
But Gayle’s barrister, Bruce McClintock S.C., said Russell was so troubled by anorexia and so “mentally fragile” that when she went into the dressing room she said she told Gayle she was looking for a towel rather than a sandwich.
“The significance of this is the whole thing starts with a lie told by Ms. Russell,” he said in his closing address in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.
However, Collins said it was impossible not to be moved by the evidence of Russell, who was subjected to “a ferocious attack on her credibility” but remained calm and resolute.
“What sane person would put themselves through what happened to Ms. Russell in this courtroom yesterday?” he asked the jurors.
She had explained her motive in going to Fairfax, saying she was horrified when she saw a live TV interview in which Gayle invited reporter Mel McLaughlin to have a drink with him and told her “don’t blush baby.”