Jarryd Hayne accused of rape in United States civil lawsuit

Hayne sensationally left the Parramatta Eels and rugby league to join the San Francisco 49ers in 2015

Hayne sensationally left the Parramatta Eels and rugby league to join the San Francisco 49ers in 2015

The woman alleges she was heavily intoxicated when Hayne took her to his home "despite having minimal interaction that night".

The woman states she was a virgin at the time of the alleged incident, was afraid of alerting authorities in the months afterwards.

However, the District Attorney ruled out proceeding with a criminal case due to lack of evidence.

Hayne's lawyer said he "unequivocally and vehemently" denies the allegation.

The lawsuit was filed at The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, San Jose on Tuesday.

Hayne played nine seasons in the NRL for the Parramatta Eels before his shock announcement in October, 2014 he was leaving for the U.S. to pursue a career in the NFL.

The woman's claim documents said Hayne admitted to the woman they had "hooked up" and told her they had shared consensual sexual activity.

The next morning, the woman suffered from sharp vaginal pain and observed blood on the bed sheets and on her vagina, the lawsuit claims.

After much deliberation and hesitation, the plaintiff reported the alleged rape to the San Jose Police Department in May 2016.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for sexual battery, distress and other violations.

The woman is represented by John Clune, a Boulder, Colorado, attorney who has represented several women who have accused professional and college athletes of sexual abuse.

Hayne has since quit the Titans to return to his former club Parramatta on a one-year deal to be closer to his family in Sydney.

Hayne's NRL club, Parramatta, said they were unaware of the allegations until Wednesday.

Hayne played for the 49ers for eight games in 2015 before retiring from the National Football League the following year in a failed attempt to join the Fiji Olympic rugby team.

"As with any legal matter, it is important that we follow due process and ensure that we review all relevant information available, including giving Jarryd the opportunity to respond", he said.

"We note the police in the United States did not proceed with any criminal proceedings but we will review the information available and continue to monitor the civil case", a spokesman said.

A spokesman for the NRL said the Integrity Unit would continue to monitor the civil case involving Hayne.

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