Former Attorney General Christian Porter Could Pay $1 MILLION in Legal Fees to Sue ABC Over Rape Claim
Former Attorney General Christian Porter May Face $1 MILLION in Legal Fees After Suing ABC Over Rape Allegations Story Against Him
- Former Cabinet Minister has been hit by a new bill over his bid to sue the ABC
- The bill for a secondary legal action has approached $550,000
- It’s in addition to legal costs already estimated at around $500,000
- His legal team has demanded an investigation into how the bill is so high
Former Attorney General Christian Porter faces legal bills of up to $1 million for his attempt to sue the ABC over rape allegations against him.
The case was never fought in court after he struck a deal with the ABC in May to end court proceedings early without an apology or settlement.
But both sides still managed to collect huge fees. The ABC said the cost of the legal action against the company was $680,000.
Mr. Porter’s own fees were estimated at $500,000, but the ABC agreed to pay $100,000 towards the cost of his brokerage fees.
Now he has been billed nearly $550,000 for a second legal action related to the case.
Former Attorney General Christian Porter (pictured) faces legal bills of up to $1 million after attempting to sue the ABC over rape allegations against him
Porter had sued the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan (pictured) over an article publishing allegations that a high-ranking government minister allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in 1988.
Mr Porter sued ABC and reporter Louise Milligan over an article publishing allegations a high-ranking minister raped a 16-year-old girl when he was 17 in 1988.
He later acknowledged that he was the minister referred to in the article, but denied all rape allegations.
The allegations were never tested in court as the alleged victim committed suicide before the police investigation could be concluded.
Mr. Porter assembled a powerful legal team to lead the case against the ABC in Federal Court, including defamation expert Sue Chrysanthou SC, who also represented actor Geoffrey Rush against sexual harassment allegations.
Mr. Porter assembled a powerful legal team to lead the ABC case in Federal Court, including defamation expert Sue Chrysanthou SC (left). She had also recently discussed the matter with Jo Dyer (right), a close friend of the woman who had leveled the charges against Mr Porter.
But Ms. Chrysanthou also recently discussed the matter with Jo Dyer, a close friend of the woman who made the charges against Mr. Porter.
The two met after the rape allegations came to light, but despite Ms Chrysanthou never representing Ms Dyer, the federal court ruled a conflict of interest.
Mrs. Chrysanthou was expelled from Mr. Porter’s team, and the court ordered both the attorney and the former minister to pay Mrs. Dyer’s legal fees.
The alleged rape took place after a debating match at school. Here is a young Christian Porter taking part in the tournament
On Tuesday, the Federal Court heard Ms. Dyer’s legal costs amounted to nearly $550,000, sparking protests from Ms. Chrysanthou’s attorney, Anne Horvath.
She wondered how the bill grew so high so quickly, claiming it was a “significant amount for a fairly limited dispute.”
“We don’t know who did what when, we can’t question it at all,” she said.
The court ordered detailed timesheets to be provided to show how the bill was calculated.