NRL star Tyrone May has settled his lawsuit with a woman whom he secretly filmed during sex, a court has been told.
The woman sued the Penrith Panthers utility in the NSW Supreme Court, claiming the ordeal left her suffering depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
She was seeking aggravated damages after he sent two videos to other people before they were uploaded to pornography websites.
May, 25, last year narrowly avoided being sent to jail after he pleaded guilty to four counts of recording an intimate image without consent and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service.
He was stood down for the entire 2019 season under the NRL’s “no fault” rule before reclaiming his place in the Panthers side last year, going on to play at centre in their grand final loss to Melbourne.
Tyrone May was sentenced to 300 hours of community service last year. Picture: AAP Image/Peter Rae.Source:AAP
In a statement of claim, the woman said May sent the videos to a group of other men via SMS and Facebook messenger.
The two videos were recorded in western Sydney in May 2018 and were ultimately uploaded to pornography websites after being disseminated online.
The woman sought aggravated damages for defamation, personal injury and breach of privacy as well as legal costs.
She claimed that May did not ask for her consent to film her or share the videos.
The videos became public due to his “breach of duty” to keep them private, she also claimed.
“The plaintiff has been greatly injured in her character and credit and in her personal, business, and professional reputation and has been brought into public hatred, ridicule and contempt,” her statement of claim said.
She also claimed that May failed to apologise when she requested in May last year – four months after he was sentenced in Parramatta Local Court.
The civil suit was set down for a directions hearing before Supreme Court Justice John Sackar on Friday.
The woman’s solicitor Paul Creed told the court that the two parties had reached an agreement on Thursday to resolve the matter.
The court did not hear details of the terms of the settlement.
Mr Creed said an agreement to finalise the lawsuit was still being drawn up, and the matter was adjourned for two weeks.
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