Gina Rinehart has returned to court to hold the Nine Network to account and prevent uncensored versions of House of Hancock from being sold on DVD.
Last month Rinehart’s legal team took action against the Nine Network to gain viewing access to episodes of the miniseries, and to censor certain scenes deemed to contain defamatory imputations.
Mumbrella said the latest legal action focusses on Nine Network’s promotion of the House of Hancock DVD, which advertises special extras including ‘never before seen scenes’.
Rinehart’s lawyers today formalised the defamation action in the Supreme Court with a summons filed to accuse the network of defamation, broadcasting a malicious or injurious falsehood, and to prevent Nine from further publication of the series.
Nine added 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.
Hancock Prospecting executive director Tad Watroba criticised the Nine Network after viewing the first episode, saying it contained scenes which were “fictitious, unfounded or grossly distorted, and some simply never occurred”.