The brother-in-law of a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by former NRL star Jarryd Hayne approached sport journalist Danny Weidler before reporting the matter to the Integrity Unit, a court has been told.
The NSW District Court retrial of the two-time Dally M winner entered its fourth day on Thursday after he pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
He denies sexually assaulting the woman at her home in Fletcher, on Newcastle’s outskirts in September 2018, on the night of the NRL Grand Final.
Mr Hayne, 35, is accused of being “forceful” and “rough” and causing two lacerations and substantial bleeding during the brief sexual encounter with the woman, but he claims she consented to the acts.
He is accused of pulling off the woman’s pants before allegedly performing oral and digital sexual acts on her without her consent, causing cuts and substantial bleeding.
Jarryd Hayne is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home on the night of the NRL Grand Final in 2018. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Richard Dobson
Her best friend took her to see a doctor on October 3, just three days after she was allegedly sexually assaulted, with the doctor suggesting she make an anonymous report to police.
The woman didn’t want to report it, and kept the incident to herself for several weeks, only telling a select group of friends and family.
But on October 30, the court was told she broke down and called her sister, revealing what had happened.
Her sister told the court she was “upset” when she found out her sister avoided telling her of the allegations for a month but finally opened up during a FaceTime call.
“(She) had obviously been crying, her eyes were quite puffy and she was visibly upset,” the sister told the court.
“She said that Jarryd Hayne had come over … he was a bit of an ‘a**hole and had a taxi waiting the whole time’.”
“She had said ‘no it’s not, I don’t know’. She seemed to be flustered and that upset me,” the sister said.
When asked if she told her sister to go to the police, she said she tried, but the woman “didn’t want to” because she was scared.
The sister told the court she told one other person about the allegations – her husband, who said he would take the matter “into his own hands”.
The former footy player is on trial in the NSW District Court. Picture: NCA Newswire / Gaye Gerard
Her brother-in-law, a keen NRL fan, took to the witness stand on Thursday afternoon where he told the court he had been told by his wife, who is the sister of the alleged victim, she had been “raped”.
“(Her sister) said she’d been raped by Jarryd Hayne on grand final night,” he told the court.
He then rang Channel 9 journalist Danny Weidler, who told the family to call the Karen Murphy at the NRL Integrity Unit, where authorities then became involved.
The brother-in-law told the court he had to tell the alleged victim “not to be angry” with him.
When questioned by Mr Hayne’s defence barrister Margaret Cunneen SC about why he didn’t go straight to police, the man told the court he wanted to.
“That would have been my first preference but my wife told me (the woman) wouldn’t go,” he said.
The trial continues before Judge Graham Turnbull.