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Amber Harrison loses fight to take Tim Worner and Seven Network to higher court
“THE courtroom showdown between Seven CEO Tim Worner and his ex-mistress Amber Harrison will happen in Sydney, not Melbourne, after the Justice hearing the matter ruled he would not transfer the case to a higher court.
In a setback for Ms Harrison’s legal team, Justice John Sacker rejected their application to have the case moved to the Federal Court in Melbourne, electing to keep the case in the NSW Supreme Court.
Seven is seeking a court gag-order on Ms Harrison, a former executive assistant, to prevent her from continuing to release sensitive and damaging information about the network — including her two year affair with Mr Worner.
Ms Harrison’s legal team, headed by top human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC, responded to the injunction application by suing Seven in the Federal Court under the Fair Work Act.
Ms Harrison’s claim states she suffered shame, panic attacks and distress when she left the company under a cloud in 2014.
Court documents reveal Ms Harrison was the executive assistant to Seven’s former chief operating officer, Nick Chan, when she was accused of misusing a corporate credit card to the tune of more than $200,000.
After she was accused of the alleged fraud, Ms Harrison told senior management about her affair with Mr Worner.
Seven and Ms Harrison agreed to part ways at the end of 2014, with the latter signing a deed of agreement where her employer would pay her in instalments a total of $427,418.
In return Ms Harrison agreed not to speak about the affair, or say anything disparaging about her former employer.
Seven claims she broke that agreement in December last year when she went public about the affair.
A Seven West spokesman said the company has “lodged an application to strike out the Melbourne Federal Court applications”.
“Seven West Media welcomes the NSW Supreme Court’s decision today and will continue working towards the final hearing in July, as set down,” the spokesman said.
The hearing will go for four days in the Supreme Court in July.