Former Attorney-General Christian Porter has agreed to discontinue his claim for damages against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) after the national broadcaster published a number of articles and programs about allegations he had raped a member of his debating team in the late 1980s.
The outcome comes days after after Porter lost high profile defamation silk Sue Chrysanthou SC, who was restrained from acting for Porter because she had previously advised a witness in the case.
The outcome is a win for the ABC because no damages have been paid. The silver lining for Porter is that the ABC has clarified that they did not intend to suggest that Mr Porter had committed the criminal offences alleged. Also, the ABC has agreed to pay his costs.
The ABC has published a statement on their webpage.