NRL legend Wendell Sailor sued for unpaid legal fees of more than $100,000 after his son Tristan was found not guilty of sexual assault
- Tristan recently made his debut for Broncos
- Sire Wendell is a club legend
- Goes before a civil court in June
Former NRL star Wendell Sailor is facing a lawsuit from the Madison Marcus Law Firm for unpaid legal fees in excess of $100,000.
The company successfully defended his son, Tristan Sailor, against rape allegations last year. Wendell’s wife, Tara, and Tristan, who was acquitted of the charges, are also named in the lawsuit.
Tristan Sailor was accused of raping a woman in her apartment in Wolli Creek in October 2020 while she was unconscious, asleep or too drunk to consent.
He claimed the sex was consensual and the woman was conscious and alert during their encounter.
The jury acquitted him of both counts in NSW District Court.
The case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in the Sydney District Civil Court on June 20.
NRL player Tristan Sailor (right) arrives with his father Wendell Sailor (left), a former Australian rugby league and rugby union football player, at Sutherland Local Court in Sydney
Wendell Sailor was a club legend with the Brisbane Broncos and his son Tristan recently made his debut for the same club against the Warriors
Tristan was cleared to play for the Brisbane Broncos after being found not guilty of assault
While the exact value of the claim is not being disclosed, the court is considering claims ranging from $75,000 to $750,000.
Ramy Qutami, general manager of Madison Marcus Law Firm, represented Tristan during his 2022 rape trial.
Asked about the case by News CorpWendell Sailor, who co-hosts Triple M’s The Rush Hour with Gus Worland and ex-Sydney AFL legend Jude Bolton, declined to comment on why he was involved and whether the legal bill had been paid.
However, he confirmed that he was aware of the matter, saying, “I have people looking into it. It’s being handled, mate. So thank you very much for your call.’
Tristan did not respond to a News Corp request for comment and Tara could not be reached.
According to court records, Tristan is listed as the first defendant in the case, with his parents named as secondary defendants.
Tristan recently made his debut for the Brisbane Broncos, replacing several players employed by the State of Origin.
Fox Sports commentator Steve Roach praised his performance, calling it “incredible” and saying “he couldn’t have done more.”