Amber Harrison is considering suing Seven West Media for breach of contract, the NSW Supreme Court heard today.
The ongoing saga between the former lover of CEO Tim Worner headed back to court today, after an injunction silencing Harrison had been extended to March 3rd.
Fairfax reports the court heard Harrison is considering arguing that she was not bound by confidentiality obligations because the agreements had been terminated or repudiated by Seven.
Melbourne barrister James Catlin said Harrison was still owed $242,500 from Seven. He said she went public with details of the affair only after payments stopped.
Justice Sackar said the Harrison camp must decide whether to file the claim in the next two weeks.
But Seven’s barrister Sandy Dawson, SC, said the repudiation or wrongful termination claim had “never been raised before” and was concerned “scandalous” or “scurrilous” material might be raised in the claim.
Justice John Sackar told Harrison’s lawyers he assumed they would not engage in any “wilful exploitation of absolute privilege” against defamation proceedings, by including scandalous material in court documents.
The parties are likely to be ordered to attend mediation after both have filed all pleadings in the dispute.
A full hearing of the application for the permanent gag order would be heard at a four-day hearing from July 10 if the mediation failed. Harrison’s cross claim will be heard on March 17.
Meanwhile the Australian Financial Review reports Four Corners has now turned its attention to the fallout from the Seven sex scandal.
This post updates.