The former lover of Seven West Media boss Tim Worner said she wanted to “kill” him and waged a “vindictive” and “arrogant” media campaign to humiliate him, lawyers for Seven have told the Supreme Court as they pursue her for legal costs.
Amber Harrison, a former executive assistant at Seven, has been at the centre of a bitter battle with the media company since she went public in December last year with embarrassing details of her affair with Mr Worner.
Former lovers: Seven Network chief executive Tim Worner and Amber Harrison.
The parties were due to fight it out at a three-day hearing in the Supreme Court from Monday as Seven sought a permanent order restraining her from speaking publicly about the company or her affair with Mr Worner.
In a surprise move on Friday, Ms Harrison walked away from the legal battle and said she would agree to the gag order but would not appear in court.
On Monday, a phalanx of lawyers for Seven appeared in court, including Sydney barrister Andrew Bell, SC, and Seven’s commercial director Bruce McWilliam.
Seven sought a raft of orders against Ms Harrison, including the gag order and an order that she pay all of Seven’s legal costs on an indemnity basis, which would cover its entire legal bill.
The court heard Ms Harrison had not consented to all of the orders sought by Seven.
Dr Bell tendered emails in which Ms Harrison said she had waged a previous “multi-platform” revenge campaign against an executive at radio station Nova who had “f—ed [her] over”.
“I splashed it across the papers for three weeks,” Ms Harrison said.
Dr Bell said: “This is Ms Harrison boasting to her co-worker … about a previous act of vindictive revenge which she boasts of orchestrating to humiliate and harm a person with whom she had a relationship in the media industry.”
In a subsequent email, Ms Harrison said of Mr Worner: “I want to kill him. It will make Nova look like a turkey slap.”
Dr Bell said Ms Harrison was “a person who can only be described as having huge malice and enormous arrogance and vindictiveness”.
“We have a defendant here, regrettably, who is completely and utterly reckless with regard to other people … and who has used now, in at least two instances, contacts in the media to humiliate and embarrass people,” he said.
Ms Harrison left Seven West Media in November 2014 after her 18-month affair with Mr Worner soured.
She signed two deeds which provided for a series of payments totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars to be made to her on the basis she did not speak publicly about the company or the relationship.
She also agreed not to take legal action against the company.
Dr Bell said that, “even before the ink had dried” on the deed, Ms Harrison had “lied” because she did not hand over all documents in her possession belonging to Seven.
Justice John Sackar said out of an “abundance of caution” Ms Harrison should be contacted by telephone about her response to the orders sought, although she had indicated her intention not to appear in court or be legally represented.
The hearing continues.