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NRL star Jarryd Hayne is vehemently denying allegations he raped a drunk woman in the United States during his time as a professional gridiron player for the San Francisco 49ers.

A woman has filed a civil complaint in California which alleges Hayne took her back to his San Jose home after a 49ers game and raped her when she was drunk in 2015.

Documents lodged in a County of Santa Clara court state the woman had previously met some of Hayne’s friends when working at a restaurant and a group went out drinking after the December 20 game.

According to court documents Hayne admitted he “hooked up” with the woman.

But Hayne’s Sydney lawyer Ramy Qutami said in a statement his client “unequivocally and vehemently” denies the allegations of rape.

The victim says she was a virgin at the time of the alleged attack.

Her lawyer, John Clune, said that at the time his client was so intoxicated she was “unable to consent to sexual intercourse”.

The woman is seeking monetary compensation for “emotional pain, anguish and severe distress”.

A month after the alleged incident the woman reported the matter to police but, after an investigation, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office told her “there was not enough evidence to prove the crime of rape beyond a reasonable doubt”.

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

“As with any legal matter it is important we follow due process and ensure we review all relevant information available, including giving Jarryd the opportunity to respond,” the club said in a statement.

The NRL said the organisation’s integrity unit would monitor Hayne’s case.

“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.


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