Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has denied he wanted sex “the quicker, the better” after he paid $550 for a taxi which waited out the front with the meter running, as the jury hears his side of the story for the first time.
The 35-year-old Dally M winner sat in the witness box of the NSW District Court on Tuesday as the jury was played a recording of his prior evidence.
He is facing the second week of his retrial after pleading not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault without consent.
Mr Hayne denies sexually assaulting the woman at her home on Newcastle’s outskirts in September 2018, on the night of the NRL Grand Final, claiming they engaged in consensual sexual acts.
The former footy star 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 arriving at the NSW District Court alongside his wife Amellia Bonnici on Tuesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Swift
Hours of Mr Hayne’s recorded evidence were played to the jury, where Mr Hayne was asked by the then-Crown prosecutor: “What you wanted was sex, and you wanted it the quicker, the better because the taxi was out the front and the meter was continuously running”.
Asked what he said to that, Mr Hayne responded: “I don’t agree with your opinion”.
He said he had paid a taxi $550 to drive him from Newcastle to Sydney after a buck’s weekend and told the woman he could “pop in on the way” to her house if she lived near the freeway.
The former Parramatta fullback told the court he knew the woman was “keen, sending flirty messages” in the weeks prior, but when asked what he intended to do at her home, he said he “wasn’t sure”.
“It was up in the air … best-case scenario I would have sex with her, worst-case I would introduce myself and that was it,” Mr Hayne told his then-barrister in the evidence.
Mr Hayne told the court the woman asked about the taxi after looking through her blinds and he “stared” at her in response.
“I answered in my head like, you knew I was going to Sydney, why is there the confusion?” he told the court.
The woman then asked him: “Did you think you were just going to come and have sex?”
Hours of Mr Hayne’s evidence was played to the court on Tuesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Swift
The former NRL star told the court he said he couldn’t remember exactly what he said but it was along the lines of: “it’s up to you really, whatever”.
Mr Hayne insists that he knew the woman was not consenting to sexual intercourse but instead he attempted to “please her” by performing other sexual acts.
“I knew she didn’t want to have sex, I thought I’d just please her and that was it,” he said.
According to his version of events, she stood up to take off her jeans, while the woman has said that Mr Hayne forced them off as she said “no” and “stop”.
When asked by his then-barrister if the woman did say “no” or “stop”, Mr Hayne said: “no”.
Mr Hayne told the court he began kissing the woman, and testified she kissed him back before going on to perform cunnilingus and digital penetration.
“We’d flirted and all that stuff before so I thought in the moment it was fine,” he said.
Arriving to court with his lawyer Margaret Cunneen SC. Picture: NCA Newswire / John Grainger
It was only about 30 seconds of sexual activity before the pair noticed the woman was bleeding.
He told the court he had no intentions of hurting the woman.
Mr Hayne told the court he had told the woman it was “obviously” his finger which caused the blood and it was an “accident”.
He told her to go to the doctor the following day if it remained painful and said “no” when asked if he had bitten the woman.
The woman texted him shortly after, saying she was in physical pain.
Mr Hayne told the court when he received the message from the woman he was “fuming” and replied saying the woman was “starting to sound suss”.
“I was fuming by that stage,” he said.
“Because I could see she was trying to make up something that wasn’t true, about her saying no and that I left straight away.”
Later, the woman contacted Mr Hayne via Snapchat in a message that was monitored by police.
In it, she wrote: “You knew I definitely wasn’t OK from the damage that night” and “it was pretty messed up and you should have stopped when I said so”.
The trial continues before Judge Graham Turnbull.