Sydney - Star West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has denied
exposing his genitals to a massage therapist, claiming an Australian media
group set out to "destroy" him in a defamation action on Monday.
The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers
The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of
stories in January last year.
They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to a female
masseuse in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and
"indecently propositioned" her.
On the opening day of his defamation action, Gayle's
barrister told the NSW Supreme Court the allegations were "quite
foul" and "quite wrong".
"They intended to blacken his name. They want to destroy
him," Bruce McClintock said, the Sydney Morning Herald reported from the
The newspaper cited Gayle as telling the court "it
"It's the most hurtful thing I've actually come across
in my entire life," he said.
"This is one case I have to fight. I want to clear my
Fairfax said it was defending the articles on the basis the
allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.
Their publication followed an uproar after Gayle attempted
to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink
and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."
The hearing is scheduled to run for 10 days.