Woman at the centre of Chris Gayle lawsuit set to testify

Chris Gayle

The woman at the centre of a lawsuit Chris Gayle has taken out against Fairfax Media, Leanne Russell, is set to testify in the matter.

Gayle sued Fairfax media after a January 2016 report said he intentionally exposed his genitalia and made an indecent proposal to a then anonymous female massage therapist during the 2015 World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

Russell said she went into the Windies dressing room, looking for a sandwich and was confronted by Gayle, wearing a towel.

Gayle denied the allegation that had come in the wake of a very public incident with Australian reporter Mel McLughlin, where Gayle invited her out for a drink rather than answer cricket questions about an innings he had just played.

The big left hander’s suit claims the allegations were untrue and smeared his reputation, making it difficult for him to earn.

Fairfax is expected to use a truth and qualified privilege defence, with Russell as the star witness.

Gayle has flown into Sydney for the case and is set to be the first witness called.

The Fairfax Media reports were used by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Victoria and The Canberra Times.

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