It was a very juicy, very Sydney story, involving the Opera House, a posh restaurant, the former CEO of News Corp Australia and raised tempers – the sort of scuttlebutt the city thrives on.
Except it was wrong and the subsequent defamation case has cost Fairfax Media $95,000 in damages, paid to Kim Williams, who was chair of the Sydney Opera House Trust.
Last September, Australian Financial Review Rear Window columnist Joe Aston wrote that Mr Williams had stormed out of a meeting of the Trust following a clash with the CEO, Louise Herron over tenders for the former Guillaume at Bennelong site. The report filled the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald and also ran in The Age.
While the SMH published a page 2 correction and apology a fortnight later, Mr Williams sued and Mumbrella reports that in a Supreme Court judgement handed down today, he won, which includes Fairfax paying Williams’ legal costs.
There’s more at Mumbrella.
Disclosure: Fairfax owns Allure Media, which publishes Business Insider Australia.