Former football star Jared Hayne told friends a woman sent him “nude pictures on Snapchat” before she was “swayed” by a sexual encounter and contacted the NRL’s Integrity Unit claiming it was sexual assault, a court has heard.
The 35-year-old Dally M winner faces the second week of his NSW District Court trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault without his consent.
Mr Hein denies sexually assaulting the woman at her home on the outskirts of Newcastle in September 2018, on the night of the NRL Grand Final, claiming they engaged in consensual sexual acts.
The former soccer star is accused of pulling a woman’s pants off before allegedly performing verbal and digital sexual acts on her without her consent, causing cuts and massive bleeding.
According to the public prosecutor, John Svinas, Mr Hein is accused of being “robust” and “brusque”.
Five phone calls made by Heine (seen outside court with his wife Amelia Bonici) were wiretapped by NSW Police.
The court was told the woman did not want to report the alleged assault, and kept the incident to herself for several weeks, telling only a select group of friends and family.
On October 30, however, the court was told she had broken down and called her sister, revealing what had happened.
The woman’s brother-in-law took matters “into his own hands” and contacted Channel 9 journalist Danny Weidler, who told the family to contact Karen Murphy at the NRL’s Integrity Unit.
Two weeks later on November 15, Mrs. Murphy made a phone call to Mr. Hine saying she wanted to speak with him, the jury had been told.
Murphy’s phone call to the former Parramatta fullback was one of five wiretapped by police and brought to the jury on Monday.
Several hours later, Hein was recorded by police speaking to an unnamed man about the allegations that had been made to the board.
Mr. Hein can be heard saying, “That shill went to the NRL”.
“Yeah, (journalist Danny Weidler) sent me a message, (journalist Phil Rothfield) was stalking Bev (Hein Wayne director Bevis).
He called the woman a “freak” and a “cuckoo”.
In one of the calls, the former Parramatta star (pictured playing for the Eels in 2018) called his former NSW teammate Mitchell Pearce and asked if any of the Newcastle Knights players knew the woman who had accused him of sexual assault.
That same night he received a phone call from former teammate Mitchell Pearce, in which the duo discussed the allegations.
“You are under the pump?” asked Mr. Peirce.
He told Mr Pearce the woman’s name and said she had been sending him “naked pictures on Snapchat” in the weeks leading up to the alleged incident.
Mr Hayne asked his former teammate to ask around to see if any of his Newcastle Knights team mates might know the woman.
Mr Hayne replied: “I was at Newie, I was like ‘I’m going to go in on the way home.'”
“So I did it and then yelled that it was dirty because the cab was up front.”
The court heard earlier that Mr Hein paid $550 for a taxi to take him from Newcastle to Sydney and stop at the woman’s house along the way.
It is a crown case where the woman refused to consent to sexual intercourse when she realized that there was a taxi waiting outside.
“I said ‘Well buddy, I’m just going to be here, you know, for a little while,’” Mr. Hein told his former teammate on the jury’s triggered phone call.
And then I also watched a little bit of the Grand Finale with her old daughter.
Hine (pictured outside court with his wife) described the woman as a “freak” in one of the calls presented to the jury
After they “fooled” the woman she started bleeding, Hein said, calling it “strange”.
He said the woman “came out” at night, but later “turned” and reported the matter to reporters.
Two more telephone tapes were played to the jury, both of which came from the same conversation with another unnamed man, in which Mr. Hine called the woman a “little cow” and an “idiot”.
“But you can tell me she’s a bitch, a fellow,” said Mr. Hein to the other man, “just a weirdo, a fellow, you know, a little cow who keeps going.”
‘As if she was texting me.’ I think she’s starting to like me or something. Then because I erased it, and copied it. ‘
Mr Hein said he had not texted the woman since the alleged incident.
He said, “Because I didn’t, you know what I mean, like, I didn’t really talk to her face, she was sloppy.”
He added, “You know, you know, you talk to them a little bit, they relate and they think about it.” Well dude, you messaged me from Instagram, you idiot. Like Snapchat and that.
“And then because I flicked it off, it was blown.”
The trial continues before Judge Graham Turnbull.
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