In recent times Kerry Stokes has used the deep pockets of Seven West Media shareholders to sue people who are using social media exposing Stokes’ corrupt and criminal conduct. This has included myself, Amber Harrison and Simon Mulvany from Save The Bees and probably other social media users we don’t know about because of dodgy suppression orders. Stokes is also using shareholder’s money to drag out a number of legal proceedings for unfair dismissal and sexual harassment by his grubby management team which is headed up by CEO Tim Worner.
This strategy by Stokes reached a new low during the week when on Monday Seven West Media took out a wide-ranging suppression order against Amber Harrison. As soon the suppression order was in place Seven West Media went to work, via one of their Directors Jeff Kennett, defaming Amber Harrison in the media and this was followed up by Chairman Kerry Stokes attacking Ms Harrison as well. It really shows how gutless they are when they are only prepared to attack a woman when she is restrained from defending herself.
Jeff Kennett was quick to point out that Seven West Media had paid Amber Harrison over $300,000. What he failed to address in any plausible manner was why Seven would pay her that much money if it wasn’t hush money and secondly, he failed to address why Seven had sent Ms Harrison over 300 legal letters in the last 2 years which ate up a large portion of the $300,000.
Then there is the $1,000,000 plus spent by Seven in their War of Law against Amber Harrison and why did they pay someone so much who they now claim is a thief. (Click here to read more)
Amber Harrison tweeted on Monday:
At the same time that Jeff Kennett and Kerry Stokes have been defaming Amber Harrison they have used their lawyers to threaten Amber Harrison with contempt proceedings if she defends herself and also threatened the media if they report anything Amber Harrison says.
Mr Kennett and Stokes are real heroes. It doesn’t get any more cowardly than those two. The positive is that the whole country can see what they are actually like and how they treat the staff at Seven West Media on a daily basis. Stokes and Kennett are clearly unfit to be Directors of any company or organisation.
The suppression order
How is it that Kerry Stokes can get suppression orders anytime and everytime he wants one? He has had at least seven against me in the last 3 years and has continually avoided a final hearing and then there is the one against Amber Harrison on Monday which Jeff Kennett and Kerry Stokes have in effect made look like the joke it is.
The judge has no option but to overturn the suppression order in full given the scandalous conduct by Stokes and Kennett to use the suppression order as cover to defame Amber Harrison.
For the suppression order to stand in any form not only is it a denial of free speech for Amber Harrison and her whistleblowing on the corruption at Seven but also a denial of Amber being able to defend herself against criminal allegations made by the Directors of Seven West Media.
The suppression order was issued at an ex parte hearing on Monday and is set down for hearing at 10am on Tuesday the 21st of February at the Supreme Court of NSW.
SWM Directors should be charged with contempt
Kerry Stokes and Jeff Kennett and the other Directors should themselves be charged with contempt of court of their own court orders. Stokes was on the receiving end of contempt proceedings in 2011 which were later withdrawn by consent so he knows the routine of what he should or shouldn’t say.
SWM already have a suppression order on me
Samantha Armytage and Rebecca Gibney took out a suppression order against me when I named Armytage and Gibney as 2 of the women named in Amber Harrison’s legal documents before the Australian Human Rights Commission in her dispute with Seven West Media. The proceedings are clearly being paid for and driven by SWM.
They have also instituted contempt proceedings against me which is set down for hearing on Wednesday the 1st of March 2017 because I have refused to delete their names.
Yet when I named Eleanor Good and Jennifer Stone (nee Davis) as the 2 other women named by Ms Harrison in the legal documents in a post a few weeks ago Seven West Media didn’t even complain to me let alone take legal action.
The key point about Seven West Media failing to take action when I named Eleanor Good and Jennifer Stone is that everything that Amber Harrison has said is being proven to be true and correct because the only thing that Seven are challenging in court is me naming Armytage and Gibney.
That means Seven West Media are run by Tim Worner who, based on the allegations, is a drugged-out sex fiend that has committed massive fraud with shareholders funds. For whatever reason Seven are refusing to challenge that.
Or as Stephen Mayne said on the ABC’s 7.30 Report:
STEPHEN MAYNE, SHAREHOLDER ACTIVIST: Well, basically that she had a two-year affair with the CEO, often on company time, cocaine during the affair, misuse of credit cards right across the company, and a CEO who had relationships with four other women involved in television or at Channel Seven.
So, basically that he was a drug-taking, womanising CEO misusing company resources, which was a pretty explosive set of allegations to make. (Click here to read more or watch the story)
One has to wonder how much have Eleanor Good and Jennifer Stone have been paid to stay silent and how many others have been paid given News Corp said they know of at least Seven women Tim Worner has had affairs with at Seven.
Another website has the LinkedIn profiles of Eleanor Good and Jennifer Stone and it is alleged that it was Jennifer Stone who had a long-term affair with Tim Worner when she was his EA at Seven. It said:
“It was Mrs Stone who had loud shouting arguments with Tim Worner in the Seven offices in front of many staff during the affair. After one argument too many she was promoted to the position of 2nd Assistant Director of the TV show Home & Away which was a very odd promotion given her employment history and seen by many as a payoff to keep silent about the affair with Tim Worner.”
“Kerry Stokes wants shareholders and the public to believe that the sex scandal only involves Tim Worner and Amber Harrison and that it is old news that happened 2 1/2 years ago. But there are very serious allegations of multi-million dollar fraud by Seven West Media management that Stokes and the Directors are trying to bury and refusing the address. The 4 women named would almost certainly have knowledge of or involvement in the financial fraud and should issue a public statement saying what they know”. (Click here to read more)
Stokes loses $200 million of shareholder’s money
It seems Stokes is too cowardly to take on any of the major media players now days, although he often threatens too, given the nasty touch up he received in the infamous C7 case.
In the 2000’s Kerry Stokes sued 24 companies including most of the major media companies such as News Corp, Fairfax Media, Channel 9 and Channel 10 in the C7 case which became known as “Kerry Stokes versus The World”. It ultimately cost the Kerry Stokes controlled Seven $200 million in legal fees when he lost badly.
Stokes own reputation took a pounding as the judge said Stokes “gave evidence that he knew was not true” and evidence that was “deliberately false”. This was reinforced by the 3 judges on appeal when Stokes’ lawyers refused to challenge the findings relating to Stokes “deliberately false” evidence under oath. I first wrote about the C7 matter in May 2011 and not longer Stokes threatened me with defamation for the first time but backed off when I stood my ground. (Click here to read more) He had no basis to sue me then like he has no basis to sue me and others now.
What Kerry Stokes is doing with corruptly obtained suppression orders via Seven West Media and his other companies such as Capilano Honey is a major denial of free speech in Australia and an attempt to undermine whistleblowers. It is a battle that Stokes will ultimately lose and needs to lose otherwise we all could be in trouble.
Before this is over it’s going to engulf a lot of people at Seven West Media and end up being a major corporate disaster which could have been avoided if its management was half decent.
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