This post deals with sexual assault and might be triggering for some readers.
Sexual assault charges against NRL footballer Jack de Belin and his friend Callan Sinclair have been dropped after two juries failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
The Daily Telegraph reports De Belin was informed of the decision by the Department of Public Prosecutions by his legal advisers on Thursday.
The former St George Illawarra player, 30, was accused of raping a then-19-year-old woman alongside his co-accused. Both de Belin and Sinclair pleaded not guilty to five charges of aggravated sexual assault.
The men say the sexual activity was consensual, in contrast to the woman's allegation that the men ignored her protests and cries to stop.
Earlier this month both were found not guilty on one count of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent relating to a specific sexual act on the night in question. But the jury of eight men and four women were dismissed after they couldn't agree unanimously on the other five counts.
It was the second time the pair had faced trial over these rape allegations, and they were facing the prospect of a third trial.
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