Gina Rinehart, chair of Hancock Prospecting, a privately owned mineral and exploration company founded by her father Lang Hancock is suing Channel Nine.
The case stems from a TV mini-series featured in Channel Nine, “House Of Hancock” which allegedly depicts her mother’s hair colour, her weight and whether her father cheated at the tennis or not.
She claims that the series contained “misleading and deceptive conduct” and “injurious falsehood,” according to Sky News.
In an amended statement from Rinehart’s camp, the listed falsehoods include, in verbatim: “Lang Hancock (her father) was a person with a propensity to cheat at tennis” and “Hope Hancock (her mother) as a person of blonde hair.”
Rinehart has also returned back to previous complaints about other scenes in the miniseries, which first aired on Nine last year, claiming that Lang Hancock never “communicated to the plaintiff that she was a ‘slothful, vindictive, devious baby elephant” and that the show “falsely portray(ed) Lang Hancock as having liked the residence known as Prix D’Amore,” Mumbrella.com reports.
She also wants an injunction preventing the DVD copy of the program being marketed as her own story.
A report by Sydney Morning Herald states that Justice Lucy McCallum was told Mrs Rinehart is pursuing her attempt for the suit to become a test case for the establishment of a privacy tort in Australia.
She is seeking damages for breach of privacy, claiming she has a right “to live her life without being subject to unwarranted and undesired publicity, including publicity unreasonably placing her in a false light before the public.”
In 2015, Mrs Rinehart has won the claim to an advance viewing of the final episode and a confidential settlement lead to the episode to air with a selection of scenes edited out.
The House of Hancock has attracted a national audience of 2 million viewers for each instalment, focused on the bitter hostility between the late Hancock, his wife Rose and Mrs Rinehart between 1980 and 2002.