The former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has told a jury a woman’s steamy messages and photos were promising signs they would have sex but he did not assume this would happen when he visited her.

“The best-case scenario was having sex with her. The worse-case scenario was I get to introduce myself and that was it,” he said in his recorded evidence played at his retrial in Sydney’s district court on Friday.

The 33-year-old has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm on the then 26-year-old woman.

He had been celebrating a bucks weekend in Newcastle when he arranged to meet up for the first time at the home she shared with her mother on the evening of 30 September 2018.

Hayne paid a taxi driver $550 to take him to Sydney before asking her to stop at the woman’s house so he could collect a bag.

Under questioning from his barrister, Phillip Boulten SC, Hayne said after the woman realised the cab was waiting he knew she did not want to have sex with him but he wanted to please her.

He says they kissed each other on her bed before she removed her pants and he performed oral sex on her as he thought she would like it.

“She was breathing heavily, she was fine,” Hayne said.

But both of them were in shock when he realised he had blood on his hands and she told him it wasn’t her period. He ran to the bathroom to clean up before she had a shower.

He told his barrister he had not bitten the woman.

“I said to her it was an accident. I was pretty confident my finger [caused the bleeding].”

After she told him it was stinging and hurting, he said it would be fine but to see a doctor the next day if the pain continued. He denied ever deliberately intending to hurt her.

The complainant has testified that Hayne tried to kiss her despite her saying the words “no” and “no Jarryd” before he pulled off her jeans and put his face into her crotch area. He only stopped after she started bleeding, she told the court.

“It was forceful and fast, that’s why I can’t say for sure how the injury was done … with his mouth, his teeth, his nails or a ring … I was numb.”

But Hayne denied she ever told him to stop the sexual activity.

Under cross-examination from the prosecutor, Brian Costello, Hayne said if the woman told him “no”, “no Jarryd” or “Jarryd stop”, he would have known she was not consenting and would have respected her decision.

He agreed even if the woman had consented to some sexual activity at the start, she was entitled to tell him to stop at any time. But he repeated his evidence that she had never said “no”.

Hayne agreed the woman never sent him messages specifically inviting him to come to her house for sex, but there were “promising signs” after they exchanged flirty, steamy messages.

In one she said she had imagined having sex with him, while another said “You are absolutely gorgeous x”.

Hayne said the woman did confront him after she realised he had the cab waiting 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 of “It’s up to you really”.

The trial continues.



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