Mining magnate and Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart has tonight won the right to view the 2nd episode of the House of Hancock mini-series before it airs on Sunday night.
Lawyer's acting on behalf of Rinehart today took action against the Nine Network in the NSW Supreme Court seeking 'application for urgent preliminary discovery' to view the second episode of drama.
If Rinehart decides that she has been defamed by the content, its possible that her lawyers could return to court tomorrow to seek an injunction against the broadcast.
It is understood Rinehart became increasingly concerned about the content of the program after hearing reviews of the content by Show-Business reporter Peter Ford on A Current Affair and 3AW Breakfast.
The second episode of the TV mini-series House Of Hancock is scheduled to air this Sunday night but it remains unclear if viewers will see the program produced by CJZ productions, the way producers originally intended.
Peter Ford yesterday reported on TripleM that a controversial final scene of the program has been re-edited this week with producers “fearful Miss Rinehart might launch an injunction” on the program. Ford whom claims to have seen an unedited version of the program had described the final scene as “jaw dropping” with Rinehart portrayed as an “obsessed, vindictive shrew”.
Rinehart has a prior history of using legal action to block reporting of her personal life. Previously she has taken legal action against West Australian Newspapers and journalists Adele Ferguson and Steve Pennells.
When contacted yesterday by this website a Nine Network spokesperson denied that any re-edits had occurred stating, “that’s not correct”. However Ford was standing by his claims telling me “an edit has been made to what I was shown”.