Jarryd Hayne arrested over sexual assault allegation

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Monday, 19 November 2018, 8:23PM
Hayne was arrested but not charged after handing himself in. (Photo / Getty)
Hayne was arrested but not charged after handing himself in. (Photo / Getty)

Jarryd Hayne has handed himself in to police after a sexual assault allegation was filed over the out-of-contract NRL star.

NSW police confirmed Hayne was being interviewed by detectives this afternoon over the unsubstantiated sexual assault allegation, which allegedly took place in the Hunter Valley on the night of the NRL Grand Final.

After voluntarily attending Sydney's Ryde police station he was arrested, but no charges have been laid. Channel 9's Danny Weidler was the first to break the news.

"Hayne is being interviewed at the Ryde police station by detectives from the sex crimes squad," Wielder said.

According to reports, the woman said she had allegedly suffered injuries during a sexual encounter with Hayne in the Hunter Valley on September 30, which was initially consensual.

It's understood the alleged victim was interviewed by the NRL's integrity unit before the matter was referred to police.

A spokeswoman for NSW Police told news.com.au: "Police are investigating following reports a woman was sexually assaulted by a 30-year-old man in late September.

"The investigation is being led by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad."

The claim likely comes as no help to Hayne's pursuit of a new NRL contract, after his most recent deal with Parramatta expired on October 31. The Eels had been hopeful at least one other player could be picked up by another club to fit Hayne into next year's salary cap.

"As this is a police matter the club will be making no public comment in relation to these reports," a Parramatta spokeswoman said.

Hayne's representative Wayne Beavis opted not to comment when contacted by AAP after the allegations arose.

A two-time Dally M Medallist, Hayne is one of the biggest names in the NRL thanks largely to his magical run to help Parramatta to the 2009 grand final. He has played 11 Tests for Australia and 23 State of Origins for NSW and scored 121 tries in 214 NRL games.

He also created headlines when he left the Eels to play in the NFL, running out for the San Francisco 49ers in late 2015.

However that one-year stay was plagued with drama, with Hayne still defending a civil court rape case made against him while living in the United States — an accusation he has long vehemently denied.

- with AAP

 

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