Gina Rinehart goes after producers of House of Hancock

Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart plans to sue to the company responsible for the Channel Nine mini-series ‘House of Hancock’.

Rinehart’s legal team said today that it would drop a defamation case against Channel Nine for running the show, and instead sue production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, SMH reported.

Sue Chrysanthou, Rinehart’s barrister, told Justice Lucy McCallum of the NSW Supreme Court that the case will be brought against producers Paul Bennett, Michael Cordell and Claudia Karvan under section 18 of the act, which prohibits a person, in trade or commerce, from engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct. 

The first episode of the House of Hancock melodrama aired in early February, with Rinehart stating that the show contained many “glaring errors”.

At the time, a spokesperson for Rinehart said the way the relationships with both her mother and father were portrayed was false.

Before the second episode  aired, Rinehart won access to a screening in order to see if there were any “defamatory imputations”.

This led to Channel Nine adding a disclaimer to the second episode, to the effect that it was ‘almost entirely fiction’.

Approximately 20 minutes of the original program was cut after Rinehart’s viewing in court.

Not happy with this outcome, Rinehart sought to ensure the show could not be aired again. She also asked the court to award damages.

Today Justice McCallum adjourned the case so documents could be filed against the production company.

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