Disgraced former NRL star Jarryd Hayne faces a lawsuit brought by the woman he was found guilty of sexually assaulting at trial this year.
Hayne, 33, was jailed for a maximum of five years and nine months in May after a jury declared him guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
The ex-Parramatta Eels fullback has always maintained his innocence and has appealed against his convictions.
The District Court told over two trials, the first of which ended in a hung jury, that Hayne forced oral and digital sex on a young woman inside her Newcastle home on NRL grand final night in 2018.
The court told the woman was bleeding profusely after Hayne, who had been in town for a friend’s buck’s party, forced himself on her despite pleas of “no” and “stop”.
She told the footballer’s sentence hearing that he made her feel “dirty and violated”, saying she is still recovering from the ordeal.
“I have spent countless hours crying. The feeling of feeling dirty doesn’t go away,” she said. “Sometimes, I am so depressed that I can’t get out of bed.”
The two met over social media and exchanged a series of raunchy text messages before meeting in person at the woman’s house on September 30, 2018.
But the woman said when she discovered Hayne had left a taxi running outside her home in Newcastle’s outskirts, her “heart dropped” and “there was no way in hell I was going to touch him”.
“I was angry, I was hurt, I was sad,” she told the court at trial.
Once a superstar of Australian sport, Hayne pleaded not guilty to the charges and reiterated his denials before the court on the day he was jailed.
“I didn’t do it,” he declared in the witness box.
Hayne told the court at trial that the sex was consensual and the woman’s injuries were accidental.
In November, he has lodged an appeal against his convictions, set to be heard before the Court of Criminal Appeal.
The woman’s lawsuit will first come before the Supreme Court later this month.
It is the second time Hayne has been sued for sexual assault, with the first coming back in 2017 during his stint in the US playing in the NFL.
A woman known as JV accused him of rape after they met during a night out at a bar in California on December 21, 2015.
Then a San Francisco 49ers player, Hayne, was never charged over the incident and vehemently denied wrongdoing.
The parties settled the matter out of court for an undisclosed amount that was “mutually agreeable”.