In Summary
  • Hayne, 29, of Sydney, was charged with sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
  • The lawsuit said Ms. V had been a virgin and did not come forward for several months before eventually seeking medical treatment for continued vaginal pain in April 2016.

SAN FRANCISCO

Australian Rugby League veteran Jarryd Hayne, who played the 2015 NFL season for San Francisco, was accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The San Jose Mercury-News and sports news website Deadspin reported details of the lawsuit against Hayne, now back in his homeland, by a woman identified only as "Ms. V" who alleges Hayne engaged in non-consensual intercourse with her in December 2015, lawyer John Clune told the newspaper.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office reviewed the criminal case and rejected it for insufficient evidence in October 2016, the Mercury-News reported, declining to provide more details.

Sexual assaults reported weeks or months after they allegedly occurred can prove difficult to prosecute because physical evidence is often gone by the time an investigation begins.

Hayne, 29, of Sydney, was charged with sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

The lawsuit said Ms. V had been a virgin and did not come forward for several months before eventually seeking medical treatment for continued vaginal pain in April 2016.

The hospital where she sought treatment concluded she was sexually assaulted and contacted San Jose police as required by law, said Micha Star Liberty, another attorney for Ms. V, who finally spoke with police in May 2016.

"The victim was a young impressionable woman out with friends in a location and environment she thought she could trust only to find that Mr. Hayne used her level of intoxication and his physical stature to deprive her of the ability to make a personal decision about whether or not she wanted to have sex," Liberty told the Mercury-News.

"As a result, she suffered greatly emotionally and physically."

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