A rape civil lawsuit filed against Jarryd Hayne appears headed to a sensational jury trial in California with the NRL star and his accuser failing to resolve the matter at mediation talks.
Lawyers for both sides have filed a joint update on the case to the US District Court and Hayne’s friends in Australia have emerged as potential keys to the lawsuit.
Hayne, former New Zealand rugby league international Krisnan Inu, Bryce Poisel and Tim Dengate have been named as “foreign nationals” who will be deposed, possibly in Australia, for the lawsuit.
The alleged victim claims Hayne raped her while he was living in the US in 2015 and playing NFL for the San Francisco 49ers.
“After an evening out with mutual friends in San Jose, California, plaintiff alleges that she was sexually assaulted by defendant at his residence,” the lawyers wrote.
“Defendant denies this allegation.”
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