Seven to fight defamation case from NRL fan

A supporter of Jarryd Hayne claims Seven published articles led to threats and abuse.

Seven will fight a defamation case in which an NRL fan claims published articles damaged his reputation and resulted in threats and abuse.

Mina Greiss, 38, is suing Seven over two articles and a tweet which claimed he spat at a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by former NRL star Jarryd Hayne in 2018.

In the articles, Mr Greiss is criticised as a “grub” who committed a “vile act” against the woman.

The Courier Mail reports the Federal Court yesterday was told that Mr Greiss was outside Newcastle District Court “to support” Hayne during his sentencing in May 2021.

His lawyer, Sue Chrysanthou, told the court that her client had suffered significant reputational damage after he was identified in the articles shared online.

Both parties agreed they were open to mediation before the next court date on October 31.

Mr Greiss was fined $500 for offensive conduct by NSW Police in relation to spitting outside the court.