The civil suit was filed in the United States overnight, The Mercury News reports.

Hayne spent a season in the US with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL and is accused of non-consensual sexual intercourse relating to an incident in December 2015.

The case was formerly rejected in October last year due to insufficient evidence.

The suit claims the victim, known only as Ms.V, was a virgin at the time and did not notify authorities for several months.

The suit claims she sought medical assistance after a period of time and reported the rape to the police in May of 2016.

Civil suits generally seek a financial outcome rather than criminal charges. 

More to come.