Rinehart takes Nine back to court over ‘unseen scenes’ on House of Hancock DVD

Rinehart-234x29711Mining magnate Gina Rinehart’s battle with the Nine Network returned to court today with lawyers for the billionaire seeking to stop the TV network from selling uncensored versions of its miniseries House of Hancock on DVD in the future.

Last month Rinehart struck a deal with Nine forcing the network to cut chunks of the second episode of the miniseries, which focuses on the relationship between Rinehart, her father Lang Hancock and his second wife Rose Porteous, after claiming it had a number of “errors” in it.  Nine agreed to the edits as well as airing a disclaimer before the program about its veracity.

Sources have told Mumbrella the latest legal action centres on Nine’s promotion of the House of Hancock DVD as having special extras including ‘never before seen scenes’, with Rinehart’s camp worried Nine is looking to include the censored scenes on it.  

This morning’s hearing in the NSW Supreme Court formalised the defamation action with lawyers for Rinehart filing an amended summons which accused the network of defamation, broadcasting a malicious or injurious falsehood and requesting that Nine be restrained permanently from further publication of the two part series.

Rinehart initially took Nine to court to get access to the second episode after the first episode aired, when her aides claimed it featured a number of ‘errors’ including: “The scene showing Mrs Rinehart as having a conversation with her deceased father is offensive, given it didn’t occur and may question sanity”.

Rinehart is seeking a statement by Nine that the TV network defamed her and that they pay costs in the case.

Spokesmen for both Rinehart and the Nine Network declined to comment this morning.

Nic Christensen 


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