& # 39; I feel worthless & # 39 ;: Seven is forced to pay damages after a house rule star & # 39; suffered mental injury while filming making her suicidal & # 39;
Channel Seven has been sentenced to pay damages to a former participant in the house rules who during the filming & # 39; mental injury & # 39; has sustained and failed her suicide.
Nicole Prince, who was seen in season five in 2017 together with her friend Fiona, said she had lost work after being portrayed as a bully in the renovation show.
Seven has been sentenced to pay damages to house rules participant Nicole Prince (right, along with her friend Fiona Taylor) after being filmed in 2017 & # 39; mental injury & # 39; had incurred
As first reported by TV Blackbox, Commission Arbitrator Cameron Burge ruled that Nicole was a & # 39; employee & # 39; was in the show during her time and that during her employment she had a & # 39; psychological / psychiatric injury & # 39; had incurred.
Seven has been ordered to compensate Nicole for her medical treatment in connection with the injury.
In her statement, Nicole said she was harassed & bullied & # 39; felt while filming.
She wrote: & # 39; During each camera interview, both myself and Fiona complained on film that we were subjected to isolation, bullying and intimidation by the other teams.
& # 39; I once saw that Fiona was physically attacked. When I complained to Channel Seven, I was threatened that Fiona and I would be portrayed negatively. & # 39;
Damn Findings: The Workers Compensation Commission published its findings in a 27-page report, which stated that Nicole was a & # 39; employee & # 39; was in the show during her time and that she suffered a & # 39; psychological / psychiatric injury during her work & # 39; & # 39;
Trolled: After their elimination, Fiona revealed that she had been exposed to a stream of online attacks, while Nicole was also targeted
Dear friends Fiona and Nicole were confronted with an attack of abuse on social media after their appearance in the show, which prevented Nicole from returning to work.
In her statement, Nicole wrote: & # 39; Since our episode and program was broadcast, I have been unable to find work and have been informed that this was due to how I was portrayed as a bully.
& # 39; I feel devastated and worthless about the loss of my career and work. After my episode was broadcast, I wanted to kill myself and started drinking more alcohol in an attempt to treat my injury myself. & # 39;
& # 39; I feel devastated & # 39 ;, Nicole Prince claimed that she and Fiona were falsely portrayed as the bad guys of the season.
Seven's defense team claimed that Nicole was not a member of the network, but the arbitrator decided against them.
This was despite a clause in the participants' contracts stating that there is no & # 39; employer / employee relationship & # 39; was on the show during their time.
In the arbitrator's conclusion, he also criticized Seven's lack of action in response to hateful comments about participants on his social media accounts.
He wrote: & # 39; I find it extraordinary, in circumstances where the respondent has informed the applicant of hateful comments posted on his social media platforms, that he has not taken steps to remove those comments or the comments to close on his own messages. .
"The failure to do this is, in my opinion, a factor to which the applicant has responded and which has contributed to its damage."
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comments.
Winners: Reality stars Aaron and Daniella Winter have won season five of the house rules in 2017
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