Amber Harrison doesn’t regret speaking out about her bitter battle with Seven West Media, despite a court finding she acted “unreasonably” in her case against the network.
The ex-lover of Seven boss Tim Worner has been at the centre of a long-running dispute with the broadcaster after she publicly revealed details of the affair in December.
While Ms Harrison admits she made some mistakes, she says she was driven to breach a confidentiality agreement about the relationship after fighting to resolve the matter for more than two years.
“When I was exhausted emotionally and financially and left ruined in December of 2016, I made a decision that the court system does not serve an individual,” she told ABC Radio on Monday.
“It serves a company who knows its way around it and I took the path that I took.
“And no, I did not regret that.”
Ms Harrison has been ordered to pay all Seven West Media’s legal costs after a judge on Monday found she made allegations she could not substantiate and acted unreasonably in her battle with the company.
The single mother of one insists she won’t pay the bill – which could total hundreds of thousands of dollars – because it would send her bankrupt.
While Ms Harrison says it will be difficult figuring out how to financially support her son, she remains unapologetic.
“I think (Seven) won in court by bankrupting me, but the court of public opinion is very different and I’ve had overwhelming support,” she said.
She also fired a warning to the “boys’ club” that she believes dominates Australian business.
“I think my case is a wake-up call for them and I hope it changes things, changes the culture,” she said.
The media company had sought a permanent gag order to stop Ms Harrison from leaking company details and argued her social media posts had breached her employment contract.
Justice John Sackar on Monday found she had decided to contest the company’s claim and run a cross-claim, mounted on allegations she wasn’t able to back up.