Gayle to sue Fairfax Media for defamation

Australia

West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has decided to sue Fairfax Media for defamation, saying the allegations that he exposed himself to a woman before the World Cup last year are false.

The allegation came hot on the heels of Gayle's faux pas at the Big Bash League, where he propositioned reporter Mel McLaughlin live on air, and was fined by the Melbourne Renegades for that.

The woman, not named, told Fairfax that Gayle had exposed himself to her at the SCG ahead of the World Cup in Australia in 2015, a claim which Gayle immediately denied. If the claims are proven true, Gayle will be banned from the BBL in future.

Gayle's manager Simon Auteri said in a statement: "Chris Gayle has strongly denied allegations first published by Fairfax Media that he indecently exposed himself to a woman during last year's World Cup in Sydney.

"Despite such denials Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations which have received widespread re-publication in media throughout the world.

"As a result Chris Gayle has retained Mark O'Brien, a leading Australian media lawyer to immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media."

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