Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner is at the centre of allegations of an intimate relationship with a network employee, which has become public following the breakdown of negotiations.
Seven has confirmed its CEO has previously apologised for the inappropriate relationship and that $100,000 paid was out of sympathy after she raised mental health concerns. Another report suggests $150,000 was paid.
She claims the affair ended in 2014, and soon after she was investigated for alleged fraud amounting to $262,000 of unauthorised expenditure on her corporate credit card and encouraged to resign. A Seven source claimed it was discovered after an independent audit and her employment was then terminated. She later repaid $14,000 in personal expenses.
The story has become public after three failed attempts over two years to reach a settlement and failed negotiations between parties at the Australian Human Rights Commission in May.
Seven declined to comment.