NRL star Jarryd Hayne breaks his silence in court in alleged rape case

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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has told a jury he knew a woman didn’t want to have sex with him in her bedroom but he wanted to ‘please her’.

Giving evidence in his defence during his rape trial in Newcastle District Court on Friday, Hayne said he had been kissing the woman before she removed her pants and he performed oral sex on her.

‘She was breathing heavily, she was fine,’ Hayne said.

‘I knew she didn’t want to have sex. I thought I would just please her.’

Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court in Newcastle on Friday

He said he was suddenly in shock and jumped up when he ‘first felt the sense of a different liquid hit my lip’.

Hayne didn’t have a clue what it was and looked at his hands before realising it was blood.

He said the woman told him it wasn’t her period so he ran to the bathroom because ‘you never expect to have blood on your face’.

Asked if he had bitten the woman, Hayne replied: ‘No.’

Hayne said he told the woman, ”It’ll be fine. It’ll be sweet’. I wanted to settle her down. She was a bit frazzled’.

The former Parramatta Eels player said he realised it must have been his finger that caused her to bleed.

Hayne (pictured above) has told a court he wanted to 'please' a woman he is accused of raping

Hayne (pictured above) has told a court he wanted to 'please' a woman he is accused of raping

Hayne (pictured above) has told a court he wanted to ‘please’ a woman he is accused of raping 

He said she didn’t say she was in pain until she had a shower and told him, ‘It’s stinging, it’s hurting’.

Hayne told the court the woman stood in front of him and said, ‘It hurts’.

He claimed he tried to reassure her, telling her if she was still in pain to go to the doctor the following day.

‘There was nothing else I could do,’ Hayne said. ‘I was apologetic.’

Hayne said he wanted to wait until she was comfortable but when she didn’t want to talk, he decided to leave.

He denied ever deliberately intending to injure the woman.

In a phone intercept played earlier to the court, Hayne told Newcastle Knights player Mitchell Pearce the woman was from ‘Newy’, had sent him all these nude photographs on Snapchat and was a ‘full-blown weirdo’.

Hayne told Pearce during the phone call, intercepted by police on November 15, 2018 – four days before Hayne was arrested – he thought he would pop in on the woman at her house on the outskirts of Newcastle on the way back to Sydney on the night of the NRL grand final.

Hayne, 32, (pictured outside court) has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm

Hayne, 32, (pictured outside court) has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm

Hayne, 32, (pictured outside court) has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm 

He said the woman ‘wigged out’ when she realised he had a taxi waiting for him outside.

Hayne told Pearce they were fooling around and the woman started to bleed a little which he thought was weird and he must have cut her with his fingernail so he left.

Hayne told the jury on Friday he knew the woman was keen on him after she sent him a message 13 days before the alleged rape saying, ‘You are absolutely gorgeous x’, and they had exchanged flirty, steamy, sexual messages.

Hayne, who had been celebrating rugby league player Wes Naiqama’s bucks party weekend in Newcastle, had paid a taxi driver $550 to take him to Sydney before asking her to stop at the woman’s house for a few minutes.

Crown prosecutor Brian Costello has told the jury Hayne attacked the woman in her bedroom after she invited him to her house on September 30, 2018.

Hayne told the jury when he got in the cab he knew best case scenario was he was going to have sex with the woman and the worst case scenario was he would introduce himself.

Jarryd Hayne (pictured above) was in Newcastle in late September of 2018 celebrating the bucks of fellow rugby league player Wes Naiqama

Jarryd Hayne (pictured above) was in Newcastle in late September of 2018 celebrating the bucks of fellow rugby league player Wes Naiqama

Jarryd Hayne (pictured above) was in Newcastle in late September of 2018 celebrating the bucks of fellow rugby league player Wes Naiqama

He said when he arrived the situation was awkward as they had never met before and the woman, who had had previous serious health issues, was nervous and concerned about how her eye looked so he suggested they have a singalong to some Ed Sheeran songs.

Hayne said the woman did confront him after she realised he had a taxi waiting outside and asked if he thought he could just come to her house and have sex with her.

He said he replied something along the lines, ‘It’s up to you really’.

Mr Costello said Hayne had arrived at about 9pm and stayed for about 45 minutes, committed two sex acts on her and caused two separate injuries to her genitalia before leaving.

The woman, now aged 28, later sent text messages to a girlfriend saying she thought Hayne had bitten her vagina and she felt violated after telling Hayne ‘no’ and ‘stop’.

Hayne, 32, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm.

He will continue giving evidence on Monday.

Pictured: Hayne, 32, leaves court in Newcastle on Friday following another day of his rape trial

Pictured: Hayne, 32, leaves court in Newcastle on Friday following another day of his rape trial

Pictured: Hayne, 32, leaves court in Newcastle on Friday following another day of his rape trial

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