NRL Player Jarryd Hayne Charged With Aggravated Sexual Assault

Former Parramatta Eels NRL player Jarryd Hayne has handed himself into police over sexual assault allegations, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Hayne was arrested and taken into custody by the NSW Sex Crimes Squad at Ryde Police Station at about 4pm this afternoon. He has since been charged with aggravated sexual assault and inflicting actual bodily harm.

According to Network Ten News reporter Daniel Sutton, Hayne has refused to answer questions from police and is likely to be refused bail and held in custody overnight.

Hayne is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the Hunter region on grand final night, September 30, this year.

The pair had reportedly been messaging over social media before they met up on the night of the alleged assault.

The woman claims to have photographic evidence of the injuries sustained during the alleged assault. Her family have said that she also visited a doctor afterwards.

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Last week, the woman reported the matter to and was interviewed by the NRL Integrity Unit, who referred the complaint on to the NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad.

Hayne is also currently battling civil litigation in the US, over allegations that he raped a woman in December 2015, when he playing NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. He has denied these claims.

His contract with the Eels expired at the end of this season, and he wasn’t offered a new deal for 2019 because the team only had $200,000 left in their salary cap.

The SMH reports that the team won’t be pursuing Hayne any further in the wake of these new allegations. The St George Illawarra Dragons were also scouting Hayne, but are likely to also withdraw their interest.