Chris Gayle's teammate Dwayne Smith sent 'sexy' text message to squad masseuse at centre of Fairfax law suit

Chris Gayle's teammate Dwayne Smith sent 'sexy' text message to squad masseuse at centre of Fairfax law suit

Chris Gayle's teammate Dwayne Smith sent 'sexy' text message to squad masseuse at centre of Fairfax law suit

Updated 24 October 2017, 15:40 AEDT

A teammate of West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has admitted sending a text message with the word "sexy" to the squad's female massage therapist during treatment, a defamation court case against Fairfax Media hears.

A teammate of West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has admitted sending a text message with the word "sexy" to the squad's female massage therapist during treatment.

Former opening batsman Dwayne Smith was today called to give evidence in support of Gayle in a defamation case against Fairfax Media.

Gayle is suing the company over a series of articles published early last year which claimed he had exposed himself to a woman working around the team in 2015.

She was not named in the articles, but the woman was Leanne Russell, who has worked for a number of professional sporting organisations in Australia and is currently employed by the AFL.

In February 2015, she was working for the West Indies World Cup team.

Smith denies Gayle's exposure

According to Fairfax's lawyers, Gayle and Smith were in the change rooms at Drummoyne Oval during a training session.

It is claimed Ms Russell walked into the room in search of a sandwich, but when Gayle asked her what she was looking for, she replied: "I'm looking for a towel".

The court heard Gayle then started moving his towel and said: "Are you looking for this?"

Fairfax's barrister Dr Matthew Collins QC asked Smith, "Did you see Mr Gayle pull his towel up and down so that his penis was partially exposed?"

"That did not happen," Smith said.

"I suggest to you that you and Mr Gayle laughed about what had occurred," Dr Collins said.

"No," Smith said.

Smith sent 'sexy' text

The court also heard about a separate incident involving Smith and Ms Russell the day before the alleged events at Drummoyne Oval.

It was put to Smith that he had his mobile phone with him while he was being massaged by Ms Russell at Sydney's Hotel Intercontinental, where the team was staying.

The jury was told Smith sent a text message to Ms Russell with the word "sexy" while he was being treated.

"You accept that you sent it?" Dr Collins asked.

"Yes," Smith said.

Team manager sent cautionary email

After the alleged incident involving Gayle, Ms Russell complained to the team's physiotherapist.

"Ms Russell will tell you that she was devastated at being treated in such a demeaning and disrespectful way by an international cricketer," Dr Collins said.

"She ran into the stands and burst into tears."

Team Operations Manager Sir Richie Richardson sent an email to the team.

"In the past few days, Leanne Russell has encountered a few uncomfortable situations with the team," he wrote.

"Please at all times, treat her in a respectable and professional way."

According to Fairfax, the email did not have the desired effect and in 2016, Ms Russell saw Chris Gayle's live interview with journalist Mel McLaughlin.

"When she saw it, she thought nothing had changed with this player," Dr Collins said.

It was then that she approached a Fairfax journalist with her allegations, he said.

Ms Russell is expected to give evidence tomorrow.