Former Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne will reportedly face a new charge of sexual assault today when he fronts court in regards to sex crime allegations levelled in 2018.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Hayne will be charged with sexual intercourse without consent today at Newcastle Local Court.
It comes after a charge of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm was laid against him last year.
Hayne stands accused of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on September 30, the night of the 2018 NRL Grand Final.
Court documents allege he travelled to a woman’s home in the Hunter region between 8pm and 10pm. It is alleged he tore off her clothes and had “sexual intercourse with a 26-year-old female known to police, without her consent”.
He allegedly bit her genitals, causing injuries for which the woman sought treatment the following day.
The SMH states it is understood the latest charge pertains to a specific sex act allegedly undertaken by Hayne on the same night.
Hayne has indicated he will enter a plea of not guilty to the first charge. Late last year, barrister Richard Pontello said Hayne “maintains his innocence” over the allegation.
If convicted of aggravated rape, Hayne could face a maximum charge of 20 years in prison.
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