Parramatta Eels recruit Jarryd Hayne has strongly denied sexually assaulting a woman in 2015 during his time at the San Francisco 49ers after a civil suit was filed against him.
Hayne, who will start training with the Eels on the 3rd of next month, sent a statement out through his lawyers yesterday afternoon.
The statement says that Hayne and his management are aware of recent media speculation in relation to a civil complaint filed in the United States of America making certain allegations in relation to an event which allegedly occurred in 2015 whilst playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
It says Hayne has not been served with any proceedings or formal complaint relating to the incident.
The statement further says Hayne previously addressed a complaint made to the District Attorney’s office in the County of Santa Clara, California in 2016 and the District Attorney did not proceed any further with the matter due to insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations.
The statement says Hayne provided all reasonable assistance to the District Attorney with that investigation.
The statement further says Hayne unequivocally and vehemently denies the allegations which are the subject of the civil complaint and Hayne will not be making any further comment in relation to this matter.
The civil suit, lodged in the Santa Clara County court alleges the rugby league star engaged in non-consensual sexual intercourse with a woman in December 2015.
According to the documents, the suit is an action for sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.