Harrison, the former Channel 7 employee went public about her affair with now-CEO Tim Worner, has reportedly been accused of contempt by the network.
According to Fairfax, lawyers for the company have launched legal proceedings against Harrison, alleging she has committed multiple breaches of a gag order imposed on her in July.
The order, which was handed down by the NSW Supreme Court, barred the former executive assistant from publicly commenting about Seven West Media or her 18-month sexual relationship with Worner. She was also required to pay the network’s legal costs.
Harrison went public with details of the affair in December 2016, claiming Seven had reneged on a reported $350,000 deal agreed upon when she left the company in 2014.
The Sydney woman was made redundant in November that year, four months after she claims she made a complaint about Worner to human resources.
According to the network, the redundancy was the result of an investigation into unauthorised expenditure on Harrison’s company-issued credit card, but Harrison shot back with claims of bullying and harassment. The deal was struck, but payments reportedly stopped when Harrison refused to surrender her personal phone and computer.
“I didn’t get that money,” she told ABC’s 7.30 at the time. “I signed a deal, yes, but as soon as it was signed the deal fell apart and I just decided… that I couldn’t get into the court system and the court system wouldn’t serve me as an individual, and I went public to tell the truth, to tell my story.”
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According to Fairfax and NewsCorp, Seven’s contempt accusations are based upon a number of television and radio appearances Harrison made during which she spoke about the company, its employees and her relationship with Worner, as well as a series of tweets following the Harvey Weinstein and Don Burke sexual misconduct scandal.
The matter is listed for a directions hearing on December 18 – precisely one year since Harrison first went public with details of the affair.