Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne 'unequivocally' denies raping woman

Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne 'unequivocally' denies raping woman

"He then had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with her, causing her significant physical pain", Mr Clune is quoted as saying in the suit paperwork.

According to the lawsuit, the woman says she met the two-time Dally M victor while intoxicated at a San Jose bar after a 49ers game.

Ramy Qutami, of Madison Marcus Law Firm, issued a statement on behalf of Hayne, who was understood to be flying to Israel to resume his religious holiday when news broke of the allegations on Wednesday.

The District Attorney's office reviewed the case and later rejected it based on insufficient evidence, the documents reveal.

"Mr Hayne brought our client back to his home, approached her in the dark, turned her around as to not face him and told her "no kissing", Mr Clune said in a statement.

AAP understands Hayne would be expected to return to the United States if the woman is granted a jury trial as she's demanding. The woman claims sexual battery, battery, gender violence, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress in her lawsuit.

Hayne has "unequivocally and vehemently" denied any wrongdoing.

It was in the early hours of the Monday morning that the alleged sexual assault took place at Hayne's San Jose apartment, the documents say the young woman claims she passed out in the Uber due to her "extreme level of intoxication".

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"We were unaware of these allegations until they were made public today".

"As with any legal matter, it is important that we follow due process and ensure that we review all relevant information available, including giving Jarryd the opportunity to respond".

The police investigated the matter, conducted witness interviews and the case was dropped, with the District Attorney telling J.V. that there "was not enough evidence to prove the crime of rape beyond a reasonable doubt".

The club said it would continue to "monitor the situation".

Hayne made eight appearances as a running back with the 49ers in 2015 after quitting rugby league to pursue a career American football.

He won a contract with San Francisco before he was released after just one season.

The NRL will monitor the civil case against Jarryd Hayne but at this stage will not suspend the Parramatta veteran for the start of the 2018 season.

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