Gayle’s teammate sent ‘sexy’ text

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 04:21:32 PM. CRICKETER Dwayne Smith has told a NSW Supreme Court his teammate Chris Gayle did not expose himself to a female massage therapist in a change room saying, “that is something I would remember if it happened”.

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CRICKETER Dwayne Smith has told a NSW Supreme Court his teammate Chris Gayle did not expose himself to a female massage therapist in a change room saying, “that is something I would remember if it happened”.

The T20 player and former West Indies all-rounder gave evidence in Gayle’s defamation lawsuit against Fairfax over a series of articles published in January last year claiming the Jamaican had exposed himself to the West Indies team massage therapist Leanne Russell in a change room during the 2015 World Cup.

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Chris Gayle denies exposing himself to a masseuse. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito Source: AAP

When questioned by Gayle’s barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, Smith denied seeing Gayle open his towel exposing his penis to Ms Russell before saying: “Is this what you are looking for?”

But during cross-examination by Fairfax barrister Matthew Collins QC, Smith was accused of lying about the incident to cover up for his friend.

Dr Collins questioned Smith about a massage session he had with Ms Russell on February 10 2015, a day before the alleged change room incident.

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Dwayne Smith has given evidence in support of Chris Gayle. Source: News Limited

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“Did you send a text message to Ms Russell … while being massaged by her in which you said ‘sexy’.”

Mr Smith agreed but said that he sent the text message “maybe a minute before the massage”.

“I suggest to you that the evidence you gave about the observations Gayle partially exposed his penis was false evidence, what do you say?”

“No, it’s not it is true,” Mr Smith replied.

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”Don’t blush baby”: Gayle’s infamous interview with Mel McLaughlin. Source: Supplied

“You and Gayle were friends and you were seeking to protect him,” Dr Collins said.

“I will say it is true,” Mr Smith replied.

Gayle has given evidence denying the allegation saying it was “the most hurtful thing I have actually come across in my entire life”.

Mr McClintock told the jury that Fairfax’s intention in publishing the articles was “to blacken his name”.

“They intended to damage the reputation of my client, they wanted to destroy him.”

Fairfax is defending the articles stating the allegations are true and in the public interest because they were written in the days after Gayle’s infamous sideline interview with sports journalist Mel McLaughlin when he told her “don’t blush, baby”.

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