Jarryd Hayne's text message to alleged rape victim heard in court

Australian Associated Press
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Jarryd Hayne, pictured here arriving at Newcastle Court.
Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court. (AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

A woman was excited to meet former NRL star Jarryd Hayne for the first time before realising he was “a sleaze” who just wanted sex, she has told his rape trial.

The woman, now aged 28, told a Newcastle District Court jury on Tuesday she wanted to get to know Hayne and hoped they might have a future together but he only had one thing on his mind.

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She decided they were not going to have sex after hearing Hayne’s taxi driver waiting for him outside her house beeping her horn.

“There was no way in hell I was going to touch him,” the woman said. “I felt like it was obvious what he wanted. I felt sad and stupid for flirting with him.”

She told the jury she felt angry and hurt because “he was a sleaze” and saw her as an object.

Hayne, who had been celebrating a friend’s bucks party in Newcastle, had paid the taxi driver $550 to take him to Sydney before asking her to stop at the woman's house for 20 minutes.

Crown prosecutor Brian Costello had earlier told the court Hayne attacked the woman in her bedroom after she invited him to her house on the outskirts of Newcastle on September 30, 2018 - the night of the NRL grand final.

Mr Costello said Hayne stayed for about 45 minutes, committed two sex acts on her and caused two separate injuries to her genitalia before leaving.

The woman’s mother was in the house watching the grand final.

The woman sent Hayne a text message about 20 minutes later saying: “I am hurting so much”.

She sent him another text message about 25 minutes later saying she knew they had talked about sex in previous messages on social media, but she “didn't want to do that after knowing the taxi was waiting for you”.

The woman told Hayne she was sitting on her bed crying because she felt weird.

Hayne eventually replied: “Go doctor tomorrow”.

The woman later sent text messages to a girlfriend saying she thought Hayne had bitten her vagina and she felt violated.

Hayne, 32, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm.

When they were first in the bedroom Hayne was singing along to Ed Sheeran songs on YouTube which the woman thought was weird.

She told the jury Hayne tried to kiss her and she said “no” before he pushed her face down into the pillow and pulled her pants down.

“I was saying, ‘Don't, no I don't want to' and then I was bleeding everywhere,” she said.

“I think I froze. I can’t remember a massive struggle. It was really confusing. He knew I didn't want it. It wasn’t pleasurable, it wasn’t something I asked for.”

Jarryd Hayne, pictured here to defend two charges of aggravated sexual assault.
Jarryd Hayne has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault. (AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

The woman said seeing the blood stopped Hayne and he went to the bathroom to wash the blood from his hands.

She said she had a shower before Hayne told her he had to go and didn’t apologise.

The woman had first contacted Hayne on Instagram on September 17 2018 when he was in Dubai saying: “You are absolutely gorgeous x’”.

They began exchanging flirty messages on Instagram and Snapchat.

“Some of the things I said were to get him to like me and that's embarrassing,” she said.

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Defence barrister Phillip Boulten SC said the sexual activity had been consensual "but unfortunately it didn't go well".

Mr Boulten said it appeared Hayne had accidentally scratched the woman with his fingernail causing her to bleed which shocked them both.

"It was not a happy ending for either of them," he said.

"They both intended to have sex. It was not going to be romantic unfortunately but it was going to be sexual.

"He believed he was being invited to have sex and she expected it would happen.

"He was not there to overbear her will."

The trial before Judge Peter Whitford resumes on Wednesday.

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