(Mirror.co) Chris Gayle wants to auction off his sex scandal story for an astonishing £230,000. The 38-year-old won a defamation case against an Australian publisher over claims he exposed himself to a female massage therapist.
Masseuse Leanne Russell told the hearing that Gayle had showed his manhood to her in Sydney in 2015.
But a court in the city has ruled the claims by Fairfax Media to be untrue after Gayle successfully argued the incident did not happen.
And now the West Indies cricketer is planning to tell his exclusive story – for a price.
He tweeted: “I have a very interested successful story to tell!! It can be an exclusive 60mins interview or y’all just have to wait on my next book!
“It’s about what transpired in court and behind the scenes in Australia, how they went to bigger heads to get me ban…
“How they want to use me as a scapegoat over a interview – I’ll tell you what I do every day after court, believe me, when I break this down to y’all it will be like a movie!
“No holding back! Biding (sic) starts at US$ 300K for this interview! So much to say & I will!
“Even what transpired in the mediation couple weeks before court…they take me lightly but I never scared of the media! I was ready to fight until my last breath!
“Who ready for my story just let me know..you will have to visit Jamaica for this interview!”
It is unclear how much the big-hitting opening batsman will seek in damages.
“I am a good man. I am not guilty,” Gayle told reporters outside Sydney’s King Street court complex.
“I am glad the public actually get a chance to read into things and they can hear what actually transpired.”
Ms Russell told the court during the six-day trial that Gayle had partially exposed himself to her in the dressing room, leaving her ‘very upset’.
She said she entered the dressing room to collect a sandwich and saw Gayle wearing only a towel, according to news.com.au.
Ms Russell claims Gayle then pulled the towel down, partially exposing his penis and said: “Are you looking for this?”
“I saw the top half of his penis, apologies, and I therefore shielded my view and left the change room,” she told the court.
“I was crying uncontrollably, I was crying like a child.
“I was upset because of what Chris had done because we had known each other for 10 years and jokes of that nature meant nothing to him but upset me greatly.”
Fairfax Media are considering an appeal, claiming the jury had been ‘misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax’.
“It will cost the company a lot of money unless we can reverse it on appeal,” said Peter Bartlett, a solicitor acting for the company.
She contacted Fairfax Media after Gayle had told a television reporter ‘don’t blush, baby’ during a live interview, the jury heard.
Fellow West Indies international Dwayne Smith, who was also in the dressing room, supported Gayle’s version of events.
Gayle’s legal team argued that Fairfax Media had wanted to ‘destroy’ Gayle, and the jury ruled the publisher was motivated by malice after articles appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.
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