The daughter of former NRL star Mark Geyer has been awarded $125,000 in damages after she was wrongly identified on a Facebook memes page as being in a sex tape secretly recorded by Penrith Panthers player Tyrone May.
In a judgment delivered on Wednesday, NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson said Montanna Geyer presented in the witness box during her defamation case against Fouad Ghosn, creator of the “NRL Memes” Facebook account, as a “vulnerable girl who had been crushed by these events”.
At the time of the post in March last year Ms Geyer was “only 22 years old” and “had just started a new job and was thinking about moving out of the family home”, Judge Gibson said. She added Ms Geyer “looked even more crushed when [Mr Ghosn’s lawyer] … put to her that she was exaggerating” about her reaction.
“If anything, the plaintiff was minimising her evidence because of her reluctance to speak about how she felt,” Judge Gibson said.