Ben Roberts-Smith agrees to pay up
It was billed as the defamation trial of the century, and it looks like it will also be costly for Australia’s most decorated war veteran. Ben Roberts-Smith launched his case against the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times for defaming him back in 2018, and early this month, the Federal Court found the publisher had proven he had unlawfully killed prisoners and bullied another soldier. The trial cost around $25 million – and the Victoria Cross winner has accepted he should pay costs from when the court case started in 2020. But here’s the tricky bit… Roberts-Smith was bankrolled by his former employer, Seven Network owner Kerry Stokes – and Stokes and Seven are fighting any attempts to get them to pay up. The war veteran has until mid-July to decide if he will appeal the whole thing…
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