Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual intercourse against a woman in the NSW Hunter Valley.
- Hayne is accused of sexually assaulting the woman and biting her genitals
- He says “justice will be served” when the matter goes to trial in May
- The former rugby league player is now living at a Perth Christian missionary school
Hayne was confronted by a large media scrum before walking into the Newcastle court this morning where he made a formal plea.
Police allege Hayne had sex with the woman without her consent and recklessly inflicted actual bodily harm during the alleged rape on the night of the National Rugby League’s grand final last year.
It is alleged the pair struck up a friendship on social media, with Hayne travelling to the woman’s home in Newcastle.
It is alleged the former league star sexually assaulted the woman, took off her clothes and bit her genitals.
Police believe he was at the home for two hours before leaving.
The crown’s case will centre on the allegation that Hayne had sex with the 26-year-old woman without her consent and knowing that she was not consenting.
Aggravated rape carries a maximum jail term of 20 years.
His trial has been set for May.
Outside court Hayne said the allegations had taken a toll and that “justice will be served” when the matter goes to trial.
“I want to make it very clear that I’m innocent of these charges,” he said.
“It’s been a very hard time for my family.”
Hayne, who played for the Parramatta Eels during a glittering career, was voted the best player of the NRL in 2009, winning the coveted Dally M award.
He also represented the NSW Blues in the State of Origin on multiple occasions.
He then quit the NRL and travelled to the United States for a brief playing stint with National Football League side the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.
Hayne remains on bail and is set to fly back to Perth after getting permission to move to the west to attend a Christian missionary school.