They are young women on different sides of the world, who met the same footy star and ended up bleeding with painful wounds to their vaginas, while the sportsman denies raping either of them.
One is a Californian woman who was a virgin in December 2015 when she met Jarryd Hayne, then a 27-year-old running back for the San Francisco 49ers in a San Jose bar.
The other is a Newcastle woman who was 26 when she met Hayne, by this time aged 30, via social media and later at her home on NRL grand final night in September 2018.
And while the outcome of the two cases – handled by distinct justice systems thousands of kilometres apart – are very different, there are some eerie similarities.
The circumstances of alleged rape by a Californian woman in December 2015 when she met Jarryd Hayne, a running back for the San Francisco 49ers (above) are eerily similar to his Sydney rape trial
Jarryd Hayne denied raping a young woman in California in 2015, but settled a $100,000 civil suit with the woman whose, like his Australian rape victim was left with vaginal injuries and bleeding
Both women accused Hayne of raping them and both claimed to have suffered ‘vaginal pain’ and bleeding.
The US case shocked the sporting world when Hayne, the golden boy of the NRL, was accused of raping a ‘virgin’ in San Jose.
After starring as a rugby league player in the NRL, winning the Dally M award three times while playing for the Parramatta Eels, Hayne had gone to the US to pursue his dream in the National Football League, recruited by the San Francisco 49ers.
A floor plan of the house where the Newcastle woman was raped by Hayne shows where blood was left on her bedclothes (circled right) and blood splashes left by Hayne in the bathroom after the incident
On December 21, 2015, Hayne’s team played against the Cincinnati Bengals in San Jose, a game attended by the young woman in question with her friends, after which they went to a restaurant and a local bar.
The woman became heavily intoxicated, and despite having minimal interaction with Hayne, accompanied him in a Uber back to his apartment.
During the ride, the woman passed out and remembered Hayne opening the car door, faintly recalled an elevator ride and moving down a hallway.
According to a civil suit for gender violence, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress filed in the California Superior Court on December 19, 2017, she remembers him approaching her in a room.
Hayne then ‘put his hands on her shoulders and flipped her around so she was no longer facing him,’ the civil suit claimed.
‘The man instructed “no kissing” and shortly thereafter she felt extremely sharp pain in her vagina. When the man spoke she recognised his voice as that of (Jarryd Hayne).
The civil suit against Hayne was taken out by high profile US attorney John Clune who represented the woman who accused basketball star Kobe Bryant in 2004 of rape
Jarryd Hayne (above on Wednesday after his rape conviction) was alleged by his Californian accuser of ‘wilful, wanton and malicious’ sexual battery, which he strenuously denied
Jarryd Hayne married his wife Amellia Bonnici (above on Wednesday) in 2021 after he was cleared on appeal for the rape of the Newcastle woman who was left bleeding and injured
‘Her last memories were falling face down on the bed, seeing a light from the hallway, and the continued sharp vaginal pain.’
When she awoke in the morning she was ‘in the same bed. She was naked, draped in a single sheet, and still in significant vaginal pain.
‘She noticed (Hayne’s) clothing still in the room but not (Hayne). She also noticed a large pool of blood on the sheets next to her as well as blood on her vagina.
‘As of December 21, 2015, (the woman) had never had vaginal intercourse, consensual or otherwise.’
The woman ‘quickly decided that if she reported to the police she would need some kind of proof and took (Hayne’s) undergarment in case there was a need for testing.
‘She worried that she would be an easy target for victim blaming… told some of the details to two of her friends.
‘Two days after the rape, (she) contacted an acquaintance who was friends with (Hayne).’
Hayne told the acquaintance nothing had happened, and the woman contacted the footy star via Instagram and ‘asked him to tell her what had happened and why he would do that to her’.
‘This time (Hayne) admitted to the sexual contact by stating that they had ‘hooked up’, a term used to describe consensual sexual activity.
‘(The woman) feared even more she would not be believed… had vaginal pain for several months after… which she continues to experience (and) in April went to the emergency department for an examination.’
A plan of the house in which the victim in the 2018 Newcastle rape was sexually assaulted, showing her room and the living room where the NRL star spent time watching the footy final with her mum
Jarryd Hayne and his wife Amellia Bonnici look sombre after a jury found him guilty of raping a woman in Newcastle in 2018 while he had a taxi running outside to take him home to Sydney
In May 2016, she reported the incident to the San Jose Police Department which investigated, but ‘eventually the District Attorney informed (her) there was not enough evidence to prove the crime of rape beyond a reasonable doubt.’
The civil suit was brought against Hayne by the woman’s lawyer, high profile attorney John Clune who represented the woman who accused (the late basketball player) Kobe Bryant of rape in 2004.
It alleged Hayne’s behaviour was ‘wilful, wanton and malicious’ sexual battery, physically invasive gender violence and sought punitive damages.
Lawyers for Hayne said he ‘unequivocally and vehemently’ denied raping the woman in the US and that he had co-operated with the District Attorney over the civil court complaint.
The case was settled for nearly $100,000 in August, 2019, despite Hayne maintaining his innocence.
After Hayne was convicted for the Newcastle woman’s rape in 2021 – a decision later quashed on appeal – Mr Clune spoke out in support of the victim.
‘We applaud the jury’s verdict and are inspired by the victim’s courage to persevere through two separate trials,’ Mr Clune said at the time.
Like the allegation in the Californian case, the young Newcastle woman who accused Hayne of rape had an experience of a swift and painful sexual encounter, feeling a sharp pain to her genitals inflicted by Hayne’s mouth or hand – before she saw blood on the bed and afterwards had injuries to her vagina.
She described his actions as ‘forceful’, ‘fast’ and ‘rough’ as he performed oral and digital sex on her, adding she said ‘no’ and ‘no Jarryd’ about three or four times.
He only stopped when he realised the woman was bleeding from her genitalia.
Mr Hayne went into the bathroom to wash his hands before the woman got in the shower to clean off the blood.
She felt ‘swelling’ and ‘stinging’ on her genitalia, the Crown alleged.
Mr Hayne allegedly caused two lacerations to the woman’s genitalia – maintaining that the injuries were an accident and he apologised.
Thereafter Jarryd Hayne also told her via social media that the sexual contact had been consensual.
Convicted a second time on Tuesday, of sexual intercourse without consent in 2018 of the then 26-year-old woman, Hayne will be sentenced on Thursday to a prison term of up to a maximum 14 years.
He plans to also appeal this conviction.
The civil suit for gender violence, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress filed in the California Superior Court on December 19, 2017 cites ‘sharp pain’ (left) and then ‘pools of blood’ (right)