Rose Hancock-Porteous, the former wife of iron ore mogul Lang Hancock has spoken out about her portrayal in the new telemovie which will depict the legal battle between her and Gina Rinehart.
Lawyers representing Ms Hancock-Porteous wrote to the producers of ‘House of Hancock’ to threaten legal action in the event of any defamatory portrayal of their client.
Porteous told the West Australian that a friend spoke to her about provocative advertising for the show.
“She said there was an image of a lady lifting her leg on a chair and taking off a stocking, like a striptease show,” she said.
“I don't know how to do that.”
Porteous, who has shied away from public view after a tumultuous life in the media spotlight during the 90s, claimed her husband William Porteous encouraged her to take a stand over her portrayal.
“I don't care any more,” she said.
“I don't give a damn.
“But William said no, if it does not do you justice, why should you just sit down?”
The character of Rose Hancock will be played by actress Peta Sargeant.
Porteous was employed by Lang Hancock as a maid before they were married in 1985.
Hancock died in 1992, and Porteous married Hancock’s friend William Porteous in June of the same year.
Legal disputes between Porteous and Rinehart ran up until 2003.