Celebrity Gardener Don Burke beats defamatory claim by aspiring actress who has taken legal action after he denied asking her to do topless audition
- Actress who accused Don Burke of sexual harassment lost the slander claim
- Wendy Dent accused Mr. Burke of asking her to do a topless audition for a TV role
- Mrs. Dent said he suggested she be a & # 39; liar & # 39; was and subjected her to & # 39; public contempt & # 39;
Celebrity TV gardener Don Burke defeated a defamation claim by an aspiring actress who accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Freelance journalist Wendy Dent had previously accused Mr. Burke of asking her to do a topless audition for a role in his show Burke & # 39; s Backyard.
She claimed that he wrongly accused her of lying about the incident during an interview with A Current Affair in November 2017, which she said has damaged her public image.
Mrs. Dent said that Burke concluded that she was a & # 39; liar & # 39; by ignoring her allegations as & # 39; just not true & # 39 ;.
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The disgrace of former TV presenter Don Burke (photo) defeated a libelous claim by an aspiring actress who accused him of inappropriate behavior
Freelance journalist Wendy Dent (photo), who previously accused Mr. Burke of asking her to do a topless audition for a role in his show Burke & # 39; s Backyard
She also claimed that her reputation & # 39; seriously injured & # 39; was when Mr. Burke said she was part of a & # 39; witch hunt & # 39; against him.
However, ACT Supreme Court Justice David Mossop has determined Friday that allegedly defamatory remarks can be seen with & # 39; limited credibility & # 39 ;, ABC reported.
Justice Mossop discovered that Burke's denial was in a way & # 39; that gave rise to real doubts about the credibility of his denials & # 39 ;.
When they were taken out of context, the words could be seen as defamatory, but when viewed throughout the interview, they had no defamatory reproaches, Judge Mossop said.
Justice Mossop said it was made clear that Dent was not lying, as could be seen from the clips played during the interview, as well as the facial expressions and behavior of Tracy Grimshaw.
& # 39; The end result is one in which the publication, taken as a whole, does not indicate that the plaintiff's allegations are incorrect or motivated by a desire to participate in a & # 39; witch hunt & # 39;, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Burke said that the (pictured) allegations of Ms. Dent & # 39; just not true & # 39; were and were part of a & # 39; witch hunt & # 39;
According to Justice Mossop, honest observers from the interview with A Current Affect would understand that a number of people have made credible allegations against Mr. Burke.
He also said, however, that the now 71-year-old's answers to Grimshaw's questions are remarkable in that they entail various changing answers that poorly reflect on his credibility & # 39 ;.
Outside of the court, Dent said she was happy with the verdict because it was judged that she & # 39; was the one to believe & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It was an absolute statement because the judge decided that I was the one to believe that my allegations were absolutely credible, and that is what counts, & # 39; she said.
In a television interview, Mr. Burke (photo) said that no one could remember who Mrs. Dent was
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