Christian Porter, defamation barrister ordered to pay Jo Dyer’s legal costs

Christian Porter, defamation barrister ordered to pay Jo Dyer’s legal costs

Christian Porter and his defamation barrister have been ordered to pay legal costs, expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, after losing a court fight with a friend of the woman who accused the federal minister Mr Porter of rape. Jo Dyer launched Federal Court proceedings against prominent defamation barrister Sue Chrysanthou, SC, in May to stop her acting for Mr Porter in his defamation case against the ABC. Ms Dyer had sought the court order on the basis that Ms Chrysanthou had previously advised her in relation to an article in The Australian that was published after she appeared in an ABC Four Corners broadcast in November last year about Mr Porter and others. The parties disagreed about whether confidential information was imparted at a November 20 meeting between Ms Chrysanthou and Ms Dyer, which was also attended by senior Macquarie banker James Hooke, a former boyfriend of the woman who accused Mr Porter of raping her in the late 1980s when they were both teenagers. Mr Porter strenuously denies the rape allegation. The woman took …
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