Channel 7 Sunrise host Samantha Armytage and actress Rebecca Gibney have instituted defamation proceedings against this website and myself (21/12/16) regarding allegations they had sexual relationships with Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner. They have also taken out an injunction to hide their names. On the court documents, they show up as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2.
The matter relates to the last article I posted (20/12/16) titled “Seven CEO Tim Worner and Amber Harrison sex scandal statement in full” which has Amber Harrison’s full media statement detailing the sex and drug use etc with Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner. I also wrote the paragraph:
“There are reports that Tim Worner has had sexual relationships with at least 4 other staff members at Seven which include an actress and on-air-host. I am reliably told the actress is Rebecca Gibney and the on-air-host is Samantha Armytage.“
Their case is clearly being run and paid for by Seven West Media. The court orders only demand that I delete their names. So, I take it from the court orders that the rest of the article is true and correct as they have not sued me for it and that Tim Worner is a sex fiend and cocaine addict which the rest of Amber Harrison’s media release implies.
The allegations were not made by me but by Amber Harrison who blew the whistle on Sunday (18/12/16) regarding her sexual relationship with CEO Tim Worner and how Channel 7 payed off to keep her quiet but then reneged on the deal and played games in an attempt to destroy her. Given that I did not make any allegations against Armytage and Gibney their case against me is frivolous at best. Why haven’t they sued Amber Harrison if they believe they have been defamed?
Before anyone feels sorry for Samantha Armytage and Rebecca Gibney remember they work for Seven West Media which owns Channel 7 and which smears people’s reputations almost every week. Seven West Media also owns magazines like New Idea which smears Lleyton and Rebecca Hewitt regularly and even falsely implying that Mrs Hewitt is having affairs. This has caused the Hewitts so much distress they have to write articles on their website to out the lies by Seven West Media.
In one article the Hewitts say:
“This is not the first time that New Idea has fabricated articles concerning the Hewitt family. It is disappointing that New Idea continues to show so little regard for the truth, for the people who are harmed by the false claims which New Idea publishes and for their readers.“ (Click here to see their website)
So every week some of Samantha Armytage’s and Rebecca Gibney’s pay comes from the deliberate smears by the likes of New Idea. Do Ms Armytage or Ms Gibney ever complain about that? Yet they think their actions or alleged actions which show up in witness statements should not be reported.
Everyone else gets named and Armytage and Gibney can do what everyone else does and issue a denial if they wish. Or they can do what Seven West Media has forced the Hewitts to do and set up a website and write articles to deny rumours and allegations. Having secret court hearings to avoid media scrutiny is a joke and as corrupt as it gets.
The allegations of Tim Worner having sexual relationships with four other women, including Armytage and Gibney, shows up in a statement by Amber Harrison that went before Australian Human Rights Commission in her complaint against Seven. It is more than fair to report it.
Seven went into court today while I was not there to defend myself which means I was denied natural justice which makes the court orders null and void and they will be ignored. The same as I ignored the grubby court orders by the Kerry Stokes controlled Capilano Honey in October 2016. (Click here to read more)
Today (21/12/16) I received the following email from Seven’s lawyer Richard Keegan which was sent this morning.
From: Richard Keegan [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 21 December 2016 9:16 AM
To: Shane Dowling
Cc: Martin O’Connor <Martin.OConnor@addisonslawyers.com.au>
Subject: Urgent: Kangaroo Court Article 21 December 2016
Dear Mr Dowling
We act for the two women whose names you have published on your website today in relation to the allegations made by Amber Harrison about her relationship with Tim Worner.
Your post suggests that both of those women named had a sexual relationship with Mr Worner.
Both women have professional dealings with Mr Worner as a result of their work. One of the women is happily married with a child. The references to them in your post are entirely false and also deeply hurtful and distressing.
Both women require you immediately to remove their names and any information which would identify them from your post and to ensure that their names are not republished in any comments made on your website or Twitter or Facebook, or any other medium of publication under your direct control.
Whilst there are many further falsities contained in the statement of Ms Harrison you have posted, our immediate concern is for the wellbeing of the two women you have falsely and improperly accused.
Your post refers to “4 staff”. Please note that we also have instructions from the other two women referred to about whom the allegations are made which are also entirely untrue.
Please confirm you have removed the names by 10.30am today. If we do not hear from you, we will approach the court for appropriate orders without further notice to you.
Richard Keegan | Special Counsel
D +61 2 8915 1075 | M +61 410 554 357 | F +61 2 8916 2075
Level 12, 60 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000
This evening (21/12/16 – 5:52pm) I was sent the below email notifying me of the court orders.
Dear Mr Dowling
We act for the plaintiffs, Jane Doe 1 & Jane Doe 2 in this Supreme Court proceeding commenced against you today.
In accordance with Orders made this afternoon we attach, by way of service, a sealed copy of those Orders, together with our clients’ notice of motion, statement of claim and affidavit sworn by Richard Keegan on 21 December 2016 and Confidential exhibit RMK-1.
As you will see from the Orders, you are required by 8pm today to remove from the Kangaroo Court of Australia website (and as published elsewhere by you) reference to our clients whose names are set out in paragraph 4 of the article entitled, “Seven CEO Tim Worner and Amber Harrison Sex Scandal Statement in Full”.
This email is not for publication and you will note the suppression order made in Order 4.
The proceeding is listed at 10am this Friday, 23 December before Justice Campbell. (Click here to see the full email)
Confidential Exhibit (Click here to read)
Justice Stephen Campbell
The court orders were issued by the bribe-taking Justice Stephen Campbell whose criminal conduct I have a long history of writing about which he knows. He should have never been near the case because of perceived bias and real bias. A link to one of my posts on Justice Stephen Campbell is below:
Over the last three years Kerry Stokes, Ryan Stokes and their lawyer Justine Munsie have been suing me for defamation which is a frivolous and vexatious case where they have been avoiding a final hearing like the plague. They have deliberately tried to undermine the work this website does in exposing corruption. (Click here to read more)
It’s time for a Kerry Stokes and the grubby way he treats staff to be outed. I do not know Amber Harrison but from reading other media reports she wants the truth to come out. I intend doing what I can to help her get her story out in the public domain as I know what crooks Kerry Stokes and his lawyers are.
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