TV stars launch court bid to keep names out of Tim Worner scandal

Two TV personalities named by a website in connection with the sex scandal surrounding Seven West Media CEO, Tim Worner, have launched defamation proceedings in an attempt to have their names removed from the site.


An urgent hearing in the NSW Supreme Court was scheduled for 10:00am today with lawyers acting for “Jane Doe 1” and “Jane Doe 2” suing the site’s owner for defamation.

For legal reasons, Mumbrella is not naming the women, or the website in question.

The move comes five days after a former executive assistant in the media company’s magazine division went public on her 18 months relationship with the married executive. In a widely circulated email subsequently reported by the media, Amber Harrison made a number of claims about Worner’s conduct during and after their relationship.

Harrison left the company acrimoniously after questions were raised around her use of her company credit card and legal discussions about a financial settlement then broke down.

In the latest development, the website said the two TV stars were among four named by Harrison in documents during her legal battle with the network.

It is understood the site in question had been ordered by the court to remove references to the two women by 8:00pm on Wednesday night but has not done so.

Both Worner and Seven have rejected many of the allegations made by Harrison.

On Thursday, the SWM board announced it had ordered an “independent inquiry” into matters surrounding the affair and payments that had been made to Harrison. The board said the inquiry was aimed at allying any fears by shareholders, but noted they still supported the embattled CEO.

Worner has admitted he had an affair with Harrison and had apologised for his conduct.

He has also reportedly sent an email to SWM staff apologising and saying his behaviour should not be seen as a reflection of the values of the company.

2.45 pm update: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the owner of the site did not appear in court, the names of the two stars remain online and the site has been referred on suspicion of contempt of court.


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