The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

THET VS TAR, HER EX, AND ADAN­GER­OUS SE­CRET LET­TER

- EMILY PORTELLI

A TOP-SE­CRET let­ter be­tween TV per­son­al­ity Suzie Wilks and her ex-hus­band, busi­ness­man Nick O’Hal­lo­ran, is at the cen­tre of a Supreme Court bat­tle.

A judge found last week that its “highly sen­si­tive” con­tents could ir­repara­bly dam­age Mr O’Hal­lo­ran’s rep­u­ta­tion and banned his ex, Rachel Roche, from pub­lish­ing or shar­ing the doc­u­ment.

The Supreme Court again heard about the let­ter yes­ter­day — in a court closed to the pub­lic.

Mr O’Hal­lo­ran last week suc­ceeded in an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion for an in­junc­tion to stop a Sydney news­pa­per from pub­lish­ing the let­ter’s de­tails — which Jus­tice Peter Almond de­scribed as “suf­fi­ciently grave to war­rant pro­tec­tion” — af­ter he was con­tacted for com­ment.

The judge said Mr O’Hal­lo­ran, the co-founder of a new tech­nolo­gies com­pany, kept the let­ter safe and Ms Roche was the only person who could have ob­tained pos­ses­sion of the let­ter.

“I am sat­is­fied (Ms Roche) in all like­li­hood made use of that in­for­ma­tion to dis­close the con­tents to third par­ties and in­fer a threat to es­sen­tially dam­age the rep­u­ta­tion of Mr O’Hal­lo­ran (and) that she threat­ens to fur­ther make use by ei­ther dis­clos­ing the con­tents of the let­ter,” the judge said.

Jus­tice Almond said it was not clear how Ms Roche came into pos­ses­sion of the let­ter, which con­tained dis­cus­sions of the “most per­sonal and se­ri­ous s kind” be­tween Mr O’Hal­loHal­lo­ran and Ms Wilks.

The for­mer er ren­o­va­tion babe e — host of shows in­clud­ing Chang­ing Rooms, Our House and Post­cards — split with her hus­band of two years in n 2012, not long af­ter ter the birth of their heir daugh­ter Ruby. The let­ter re­mains in a sealed en­ve­lope with the e court.

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Suzie Wilks Wilks, and (in­set) for­mer hus­band Nick O’Hal­lo­ran.

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