Network 10 presenter Lisa Wilkinson has launched legal action against her employer over legal costs pertaining to the defamation suit launched by Bruce Lehrmann.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the network is refusing to pay a $370,000 invoice for legal services after Wilkinson hired star barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC and Gillis Delaney Lawyers partner Anthony Jefferies earlier this year, instead of opting to use Network 10’s retained law firm Thomson Geer.
Wilkinson has launched legal action in the NSW Supreme Court, alleging that Network 10 twice accepted it was liable to indemnify the TV star even if she was “independently represented”.
In a statement, Network 10 said: “The lawyers engaged by Lisa Wilkinson have issued invoices for a very substantial amount of money, in excess of $700,000, and in good governance these need to be justified through due process.
“In the meantime, Network 10’s focus is on defending the defamation claim brought by Bruce Lehrmann.”
Bruce Lehrmann is suing Network 10, Wilkinson and the ABC for defamation over their reporting of a sexual assault allegation made by Brittany Higgins in 2019.
Wilkinson stepped down from The Project last November after headlines around the fallout of a Logie-winning interview.
Beverley McGarvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Paramount ANZ thanked her for her “experience and professionalism, as well as her signature warmth, compassion and integrity.”
In court proceedings ACT director of public prosecutions, Shane Drumgold, admitted he “misread the situation” in a meeting with Lisa Wilkinson discussing her acceptance speech for a Logie award.