NRL player Jarryd Hayne is back in Sydney for the first time since news broke of a civil suit alleging the Eels player sexually assaulted a woman while he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
Hayne landed at Sydney International Airport this morning and was ushered out a side entrance by a bodyguard.
Earlier this month he posted a photo on social media of himself in Jerusalem and, after a trip back to Sydney for his daughter’s first birthday, he returned to the Middle East.
As he was heading back overseas, news broke of a civil suit filed against Hayne over an alleged rape in California while he was contracted to the American Football League.
A woman, known in the court document filed by her lawyer as J.V., said she had reported an alleged sexual assault to local police in mid-2016, which she said occurred in December 2015 on a 49ers game night.
According to the document tendered, the police investigated the alleged rape and the prosecutor determined there was not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal trial.
In the civil suit, filed on December 19, Hayne is being sued for sexual battery, battery, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
After the story surfaced in Australia, Hayne’s lawyer Ramy Qutami said his client “unequivocally and vehemently” denied the allegations in the suit.
Hayne’s rugby league team Parramatta Eels had no further comments until the new year when Hayne returns from leave.
The NRL’s Integrity Unit is also investigating the matter.