SEVEN months after former Seven West Media executive assistant Amber Harrison went public with her affair with Seven CEO Tim Worner, the bitter dispute’s court battle is expected to have its final legal chapter on Monday, when Justice John Sackar makes orders on the dispute in The NSW Supreme Court.
It follows the collapse of mediation — the third between Seven and Harrison — over the fallout of her affair with Worner which began in 2012, and once it ended, exploded spectacularly into a three-year-battle over Harrison’s departure.
The costly battle has bounced in and out of various courts, and saw Seven’s share price fall amid the lewd revelations, a public apology from Worner, censure from the Board after an independent investigation, and an interim — soon to be permanent — gag order placed on Harrison in a war of legal attrition she calls “lawfare” and has warned will leave her bankrupt.
How did it come to this?
Harrison came to national attention in December 2016, when, just before Christmas she sensationally emailed news organisations details of an extramarital affair with Worner, including claims of cover-ups, credit card misuse and bullying within the organisation.
The affair had begun in 2012 and lasted about two years. When it ended, things got messy.
“I knew he was married. It was never about love. It was about sex and power,” Harrison said in December, as she made public lewd text message exchanges between her and Worner, alleged they’d met during work hours to have sex, that they’d snorted cocaine together, and that she had been pushed out of her job after the affair ended…