- Jarryd Hayne is set for another legal battle
- He is facing a civil case this month
- Hayne is serving a three-year jail sentence
Jarryd Hayne is set for another major legal fight after the woman he was found guilty of sexually assaulting began civil proceedings against the disgraced footy star.
Hayne is serving three years in prison for the sexual assault of a woman on NRL grand final night in 2018. He is appealing the criminal conviction and maintains his innocence.
It is the second civil matter Hayne has faced, after he reportedly paid close to $100,000 to settle an unrelated rape case while playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the US in 2019.
The 35-year-old’s legal bills, News Corp claims, are already into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, although it is unclear how much he will have to pay if he loses this latest civil case.
Meanwhile, the NRL are waiting until all legal avenues are exhausted by Hayne before determining whether to strip him of his 2009 and 2014 Dally M medals.
Jarryd Hayne is facing another huge legal battle later this month
If so, it would mark the first time the NRL has taken titles away from an individual.
They have previously done so in a team sense, with Melbourne’s 2007 and 2009 premierships stripped after salary cap cheating.
At Parramatta, it’s likely they will follow the NRL’s lead.
Hayne is a two-time recipient of the Eels’ illustrious Ken Thornett Medal, while he also won the Jack Gibson coach’s award in 2009 and was the club’s rookie of the year in 2006.
The fullback has largely been missing from the NRL highlights reels in recent years after being one of the game’s most recognisable players.
He shot to prominence during Parramatta’s run to the 2009 grand final, putting on one of the most dominant runs in memory to help the Eels to their first decider in eight years.
He was also the man behind NSW’s drought-breaking State of Origin success in 2014, starring in Game I and then running the ball dead to clinch the series in Sydney.
In total he scored 121 tries in 214 NRL games, represented NSW 23 times and Australia and Fiji in a combined 21 matches.
He was also never far from the headlines after being targeted by a drive-by shooting in Kings Cross in 2008 and shocking the NRL in late 2014 by deciding to pursue a career in the NFL.
The disgraced footy star is facing a civil case from the woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting in 2018
By the time Hayne was charged, he had returned to the NRL but his best playing days were behind him.
His final year at Parramatta resulted in a wooden spoon, and Hayne was set to enter the 2019 pre-season unsigned.
Off the back of his previous achievements, it was likely he would still earn a contract.
But by 20 days into the official rugby league year in November 2018 he was charged over the sexual assault of a woman in Newcastle.
After four-and-a-half years of unsuccessfully fighting those charges, Hayne’s rugby league achievements could be stripped among the final punishments.