Jarryd Hayne Responds To Rape Allegations
Jarryd Hayne has responded to claims that he raped a woman during his time playing NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
The NRL star has "vehemently" denied the claims that arose yesterday alleging that he engaged in non-consensual intercourse with a woman known only as 'Ms V' in December 2015.
The woman is believed to have first reported the alleged incident to authorities in May 2016 but the case was rejected by the District Attorney's Office in October the same year on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
A statement was released yesterday afternoon by Sydney-based lawyer Ramy Qutami on Hayne's behalf, denying the allegations.
"Mr Hayne and his management are aware of recent media speculation in relation to a civil complaint filed in the United States of American making certain allegations in relation to an event which allegedly occurred in 2015 while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
"Mr Hayne has not been served with any proceedings or formal complaint relating to the incident.
"Mr Hayne previously addressed a complaint made to the District Attorney's office in the County of Santa Clara, California in 2016 and the District Attorney did not proceed any further with the matter due to insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations. Mr Hayne provided all reasonable assistance to the District Attorney with that investigation.
"Mr Hayne unequivocally and vehemently denies the allegations which are the subject of the civil complaint.
"Mr Hayne will not be making any further comment in relation to this matter."
The NRL has also spoken out about the allegations against the Parramatta Eels player saying that their integrity unit will monitor the situation as it proceeds.
"We note that the United States did not proceed with any criminal proceedings but we will review the information available and continue to monitor the civil case," said an NRL spokesman.
The chairman for Parramatta, Max Donnelly has also said that the club was unaware of the allegations against their player until the story was made public.
"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," he said in a statement.
Court documents from the original case allege that the victim was a virgin and was too scared to come forward at the time of the incident. She claims that it wasn't until months later that she eventually sought medical attention for continued vaginal pain.
The civil suit also includes claims of sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
The suit was filed in May 2016, the same time that Hayne left the NFL, however, there is no suggestion that he quit because of the allegations.
The documents claim that Hayne originally denied ever having sex with the woman but later admitted that they had "hooked up".
The woman is believed to have kept Hayne's underwear as proof of the alleged incident.
Californian lawyers, Michar Star Liberty are expected to have papers served upon Hayne's lawyers.