Bills

Amber Harrison makes plea to public to help pay Seven West legal bill

Amber Harrison is not ready to disappear into anonymity just yet, despite the fact that the nasty legal brawl with Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media has come to the same ugly end as her affair with Seven boss Tim Worner

But Harrison has got massive bills to pay from the battle, and what would you do in her shoes? 

That’s right, ask the public. 

It could not get enough of the salacious battle and can now show its appreciation by funding her legal costs on gofundme. 

Harrison set up the fundraising account on Tuesday morning with the following pitch:  

“Channel Seven makes great TV shows which are loved by millions of Australians. Sadly, some recent legal issues mean the network may end up bankrupting former employee and single foster-mum Amber Harrison,” says the account. 

“If you are worried you might not enjoy Seven’s shows as much, knowing they bankrupted Amber, support the ‘Amber Harrison: Guilt-free TV’ campaign.”  

Harrison says if every Seven viewer gave just $1, she could easily pay off Seven, “and you could enjoy Seven’s shows, knowing your favourite network didn’t bankrupt anyone”.  

Harrison, who is hoping to raise $200,000, walked away from her battle with Seven last month after agreeing to a permanent gag order preventing her speaking about the company and her affair with Worner.

The fundraising profile points out that legal restrictions prevent Amber from telling you what happened, but “Google is under no such restrictions”.  

CBD would like to point out that Google’s job is a bit harder now that the blogger who helped spread some of the sordid allegations, Shane Dowling, is in prison. 

Spotted

CBD thought we finally saw one of the independents on the Spotless board, chairman Garry Hounsell no less, run for cover and sell his shares on Monday evening to the barbarians from Grant Fenn‘s Downer EDI. 

The independents, including Spotless CEO Martin Sheppard, have had to reluctantly support the $1.2 billion takeover offer due to Downer’s control of the company, but this is the first time one of them has sold shares. 

Hounsell sold his 400,000 shares on Monday at $1.15 each. Meaning someone was very quick to ensure the news made its way to the ASX ASAP via a change of director’s interest notice. 

But Downer may not have snared the shares after all. CBD was pointed to the fact that Hounsell sold his shares “on-market”, meaning he did not necessarily sell to the bidders. 

His stock may have ended up in the hands of fund manager Coltrane, which owns more than 10 per cent of Spotless. This is enough to stop Downer from getting acceptances past the 90 per cent mark that would allow it to mop up the holdouts like Sheppard.

Whichever way you look at it, Hounsell is obviously not planning to hang around as chairman after dumping all his shares. 

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