Australia’s Fairfax Media must pay $300,000 Australian to cricket player Chris Gayle after the company’s news outlets published stories claiming he exposed himself to a masseuse.
Gayle won his case over the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, and Canberra Times last year. The news outlets claimed in 2016 he exposed himself to the female masseuse. This month, New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum ruled on how much money he should get.
A Fairfax Media spokesperson told iMediaEthics by e-mail, “Fairfax remains concerned with the conduct of the trial. The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax, and Fairfax did not get a fair trial. The damages award merely confirms the appalling burden of defamation laws in this country. Fairfax is immediately bringing an appeal.”
iMediaEthics has contacted Gayle’s attorney for comment.