Simmons to ‘bat’ in court

West Indies’ Lendl Simmons hits a six off Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga during their Tri-Nation Series cricket match in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Monday, July 8, 2013.
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West Indies opening One-Day batsman Lendl Simmons is now faced with a legal battle after he was sued for allegedly sharing intimate photographs of a woman with whom he was involved in a brief romantic relationship.

Simmons is in Australia with the West Indies team participating in the International Cricket Council World Cup (ICC).

The accountant executive, Therese Ho is seeking substantial damages from Simmons for breaching the common law principle of confidence after he allegedly shared the intimate photos of her.

According to her witness statement filed in the High Court, Port of Spain, Ho is claiming that she started the relationship when they met at a party in 2013.

After about 18 months, Ho said she broke up with Simmons after she discovered that he was engaged to be married while involved with her.

She then contacted Simmons fiancé at the time, now his current wife, to inform her of the situation.

In response, she claims that Simmons allegedly used several mobile apps, including Viber, to send photos of sexual acts they took while together to her former boyfriend and to several of his friends, including his local and regional team-mates Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollar who are expected to be summoned as witnesses in the trial expected to take place on March 23, 2015.

Besides damaging her reputation, Ho is claiming the release of the images also caused her significant distress.

The 30-year-old cricketer has denied ever being involved with Ho but admitted that the two had a brief singular sexual encounter.

Simmons has played for the West Indies in eight Test matches, 61 One-Day Internationals and 34 Twenty20s. He made his Test debut in 2009.

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