Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman near Newcastle.
The jury found Hayne not guilty of further charges which included recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.
There was no visible reaction from Hayne as the verdicts were delivered three days into deliberations.
Hayne met the woman on Instagram before he stopped his taxi at her home on the way back to Sydney from a buck’s weekend on NRL grand final day in 2018.
The court was told the woman suffered two lacerations and bled heavily afterwards.
Hayne has been granted bail on a $50,000 surety and will be sentenced on May 6.
Outside court today, the former NRL star said: “I told the truth and I’ll do it all again.”
NSW Police praise ‘courageous victim’
Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney from NSW Police has praised the woman who came forward to police after she was sexually assaulted by former NRL player Jarryd Hayne.
“What an incredible feat it was for the victim to go through this process,” she said.
Detective Superintendent Maloney highlighted the victim’s “courage, resilience and steely nature” through the process.
She also thanked to NSW Police for their professionalism, and urged any other alleged victims of alleged sexual assault to come forward.
“We want to know, we want people to come forward to us, we want to hear your story and we need you to know that we believe you, and we will be on the journey with you,” she said.