The already bitter legal battle between Michael Jennings and his ex-wife has taken another twist with the court hearing the former NRL star’s new partner made potentially defamatory statements on social media.
Mr Jennings is defending civil proceedings in the NSW District Court in which his former wife Kirra Michelle Wilden is seeking damages for personal injuries and made allegations that he repeatedly raped her during their relationship.
The court heard on Monday that Ms Wilden made the complaint that she had been raped “five or six times” to a psychiatrist after being prompted by her then-lawyer to seek counselling.
Mr Jennings has denied raping Ms Wilden and has never never been charged by police.
Ms Wilden’s lawyer presented a series of social media posts made by Mr Jennings’ current partner Kristin Harris over the weekend after the case became public.
It’s not known what was contained in the messages, however Ms Wilden’s barrister Jeremy Morris said that his client was considering commencing defamation proceedings against Ms Harris.
Judge David Wilson also questioned whether they amounted to contempt of court.
The court heard that the posts had since been deleted.
Kirra Wilden is suing her ex-husband Michael Jennings in the NSW District Court.Source:News Corp Australia
During her testimony on Monday morning, Ms Wilden denied deleting several messages from her phone, which Mr Jennings’ barrister Michelle Campbell described as damaging to her case.
Ms Campbell accused her of deleting the texts after being asked to produce them in a subpoena.
“I did not delete them,” Ms Wilden said repeatedly after being accused of lying under oath about the messages.
She told the court that she had failed to produce them because her phone was “glitching” and some messages would not load properly.
She said that she had spent thousands of dollars to hire a specialist consultant to examine her phone in order to comply with the court’s request.
Kirra Wilden and Michael Jennings at the 2015 Dally M Awards. Picture: Richard DobsonSource:News Corp Australia
Mr Jennings is not facing a criminal trial over the rape accusations and is being sued by his ex-wife in civil proceedings.
His lawyers have previously told the court that the allegations were a fabrication.
Ms Wilden is seeking damages for personal injuries and has also claimed that he subjected her to emotional and verbal abuse.
Michael Jennings leaves court with his partner.Source:News Corp Australia
She first made the claim that he raped her on several occasions between October 2014 and early 2016, during the course of unrelated civil proceedings in 2018.
Her former solicitor Garry Penhall gave evidence on Monday that he took her to see a psychiatrist after raising questions about whether she had suffered domestic violence during the course of their marriage.
“When (the psychiatrist) came out he indicated that she had made disclosures that she was raped five or six times by her husband,” Mr Pennhall said.
“I had a lengthy conversation with Kirra, it was mainly me talking that unless she was able to get professional therapy and treatment, she would also be crippled (by her post-traumatic stress disorder).”
Michael Jennings playing for Parramatta in 2020. Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
The former NSW and Australian centre was suspended by the NRL in October after returning a positive test for performance-enhancing substances Ibutamoren and Ligandrol.
He agreed in May to walk away from the final 18 months of his contract which was worth a reported $400,000 per year.
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