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Chris Gayle celebrates defamation win with champagne

Chris Gayle has celebrated his defamation case win against Fairfax Media in style, taking to social media to post a series of videos.

In one, the cricketer films himself shirtless in his hotel room, panning over an unopened bottle of champagne before he says he is ‘tired’ and heading to bed.

While another sees the 38-year-old clinking glasses of white wine with a group of men, as the words ‘thankful for justice’ are scrawled over the screen, the ABC reports.

It comes as a jury of four found in favour of Mr Gayle after it was claimed in newspaper articles that he had exposed himself to a female massage therapist.

 

In one video he appeared shirtless after panning over an unopened bottle of champagne

Chris Gayle has celebrated his defamation case win against Fairfax Media in style, taking to social media to post a series of videos of himself shirtless (left) and with an unopened bottle of champagne (right)

A relieved looking Chris Gayle (pictured) was all smiles outside court after winning the defamation case against Fairfax Media who claimed he had exposed himself to a female massage therapist

A relieved looking Chris Gayle (pictured) was all smiles outside court after winning the defamation case against Fairfax Media who claimed he had exposed himself to a female massage therapist

The West Indies cricket star was the subject of a number of articles in February 2016 which claimed he had intentionally exposed his genitals to, and indecently propositioned a trainer with the team. 

Celebrating with his legal team after the verdict was handed down,  Mr Gayle reportedly said ‘Congrats guys, well done, brilliant, awesome, that is all we need, give thanks for life,’ according to The Daily Telegraph. 

On Tuesday, Fairfax Media came under fire again after a judge was told claims it did not get a fair trial continued the harm caused to the reputation of Mr Gayle.

Barrister Bruce McClintock SC said Fairfax had put out a press release saying it did not get a fair trial which meant they were saying the defamatory claims ‘were in fact true.

‘It is a repetition of the defamation …continuing the harm to my client’s reputation,’ he said.

The Fairfax statement said it was seriously considering an appeal, saying it believed it did not get a fair trial after its failed application to have the jury discharged.

The West Indies cricket star was the subject of a number of articles in February 2016 during which the news outlet made claims about his actions during the 2015 World Cup in Australia

The West Indies cricket star was the subject of a number of articles in February 2016 during which the news outlet made claims about his actions during the 2015 World Cup in Australia

Fairfax claimed Gayle had intentionally exposed his genitals to, and indecently propositioned, Leanne Russell (pictured) who was a trainer with the team during the tournament

Fairfax claimed Gayle had intentionally exposed his genitals to, and indecently propositioned, Leanne Russell (pictured) who was a trainer with the team during the tournament

Mr McClintock said it was ‘extremely disappointing’ that an organisation such as Fairfax ‘should try and go on with a fight like this’.

‘I utterly reject the suggestion that Fairfax did not get a fair trial,’ he said.

Justice Lucy McCallum said she was troubled by the statement, which seemed to be a fairly clear criticism of the court published immediately after the jury’s verdict. 

Fairfax’s barrister Matthew Collins QC said they stood by the statement and that ‘the complaint is there was an error made yesterday when the jury was not discharged’.

The parties submitted written submissions on damages before the judge adjourned the hearing to a later date when a decision will be handed down. 

On Tuesday, Fairfax Media came under fire again after a judge was told claims it did not get a fair trial continued the harm caused to the reputation of Mr Gayle

On Tuesday, Fairfax Media came under fire again after a judge was told claims it did not get a fair trial continued the harm caused to the reputation of Mr Gayle

Mr Gayle was previously at the centre of another controversy, when he asked TV reporter Mel McLaughlin to have a drink with him before saying: ‘Don’t blush baby’.

Ms Russell had first contacted a reporter after the incident involving Ms MacLaughlin in January 2016, saying she was ‘furious’ at his treatment of women.

‘I am furious that women who work hard in this industry are made to feel this way, both on camera and within a change room and that people like Chris get to decide whether we are successful or not,’ she told them.

Ms Russell claimed her motive in speaking up was to get other women to realise ‘this happens all the time and nobody has the guts to speak out and they should’. 

Gayle was the centre of another controversy when he asked TV reporter Mel McLaughlin (left) to have a drink with him before saying: 'Don't blush baby'

Gayle was the centre of another controversy when he asked TV reporter Mel McLaughlin (left) to have a drink with him before saying: ‘Don’t blush baby’

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