THE former mistress of Seven boss Tim Worner says she was told she would be branded Australia’s Monica Lewinsky if she exposed their affair.
Former executive assistant Amber Harrison claims that a senior female executive said Monica Lewinsky has never recovered from her dalliance with Bill Clinton, according to the Herald Sun.
Do you really want to be that girl and have this all come out in public? the exec allegedly said.
You are just some girl who slept with a guy at work. This isnt worth more than what we are offering you.
You let a guy use you for sex for two years. That is what everyone is going to say about you if this gets out, the exec said, according to the claim.
Ms Harrison alleges the executive also mentioned the 2010 David Jones sexual harassment case and the fact the girl involved had not worked since.
All four women named by Ms Harrison as also having affairs with Mr Worner, have strongly denied the allegations and threatened legal action if their identities are made public.
Ms Harrison suggested four other women had sexual relationships with Mr Worner, including two network TV stars, but Addisons law firm sent letters to publishers on behalf of the women denying this.
On Monday, the board of Seven West Media grilled Mr Worner about the allegations of other affairs and also asked him about claims he did drugs at work.
According to the Herald Sun, Mr Worner denied he had ever done drugs in a work context or that he had any other relationships with people in the company.
Seven West Media has been under pressure to replace the chief executive officer next year over his affair with the junior colleague, who later received a confidential settlement after leaving the company.
The Australian Shareholders Association has called on Seven Wests board to start planning for Mr Worners exit from the top job next year, saying the controversy around his 2012 affair with Ms Harrison could not be put to rest while he retains his position.
ASA director Stephen Mayne said the reputational damage to Seven West would not be fully resolved until the company had a new CEO and said the succession plan is something they should progress in 2017.
We are not saying that Tim Worner should be marched out of the building but we are saying that Seven needs to activate its succession management plans in 2017, Mr Mayne said.
Its hard to see how an issue like this can be fully put behind Seven in the medium term with the CEO in place.
A statement from Seven West late on Monday revealed the broadcaster made a confidential settlement with Ms Harrison, a former executive assistant to the companys magazines boss, more than two years ago, with payments made to her as part of the terms.
Mr Worner said he is filled with the deepest shame and regret over the two-year affair, which was widely reported in media on Monday after Ms Harrison went public with complaints about her treatment by the company.
Seven West has stood by Mr Worner, saying in the statement that chairman Kerry Stokes had made it clear the conduct was completely unacceptable but affirming he will stay on as CEO.
Seven West shares rose 6 per cent to 79.5 cents on Tuesday, recovering most of a price plunge suffered on Monday in the wake of the affair revelations.