Seven CEO may have had multiple affairs with workmates
UPDATE: CHANNEL 7 boss Tim Worner has expressed his "deepest regret and shame" over his affair with former staffer Amber Harrison, as new allegations emerge of him having affairs with four other workmates.
Ms Harrison named the women - including a high-profile actress and a presenter - in a complaint against Seven to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Herald Sun reports.
Seven's market value plummeted by $98 million yesterday in the wake of the sex scandal, in which Ms Harrison revealed explicit texts she alleges were sent during an affair with the network's chief executive.
Seven West Media is standing by Mr Worner in response to the allegations, which it says contain "wideranging inaccuracies and false statements".
The Herald Sun has obtained a copy of a complaint from Ms Harrison to the Australian Human Rights Commission, in which she alleges to have knowledge of Mr Worner having inappropriate relationships with the other four female staff members.
Seven has strongly rejected claims of other inappropriate relationships between Mr Worner and current or former female staff.
"Allegations made in her statement which name other employees are rejected totally, including any allegation that other current or former employees have been paid off," the company said.
In a statement issued on Monday night, Seven condemned the inappropriate sexual relationship with Ms Harrison, 35, as "completely unacceptable" and "deeply regrettable".
Mr Worner apologised for the affair, which began before his appointment as chief executive. "This relationship finished some years ago and I apologised at the time, and am still trying to make amends," he said in the statement.
"I am obviously filled with the deepest regret and shame.
"My focus is to continue to work through this in private and minimise the distress to my family. They are the most important people in the world to me and I will continue to fight to repair the damage I've caused."
In the statement issued by the network, the board declared Mr Worner would continue as chief executive, despite the battering the share price took yesterday.
MONDAY: A FORMER Seven employee has revealed explicit text messages she says were sent to her by the network's now chief executive Tim Worner amid claims she was paid off to the tune of $100,000 on leaving the company.
Amber Harrison, 35, who served as an executive assistant at the television network, released a statement regarding the alleged two-year affair to media outlets, including sexually explicit texts and details of the "consensual sexual relationship".
Amid a "complex" and "frustrating" severance negotiation following Ms Harrison's redundancy in November 2014, the now unemployed woman shared details of her alleged affair with the married father of four and the "entrenched sexist culture" she claims rewarded male executives for "behaving badly" within the company.
Describing Mr Worner as a "regular church goer who lives at Manly with his family", Ms Harrison's statement claimed the Seven boss began sending her explicit text messages following a 2012 meeting.
The alleged affair, which Ms Harrison claims spanned two years, began with flirting following a meeting that the two were present at, she claimed.
"We started flirting and soon after Tim began texting and emailing me for sex," Ms Harrison said.
"I knew he was married. It was never about love. It was about sex and power. He likes having a bit on the side. I found our relationship, if you'd call it that, thrilling to begin with."
She claimed Mr Worner's "sexual proclivities and eagerness" were laid bare in hundreds of texts exchanged between the pair, which Ms Harrison said she destroyed "at Seven's direction".
Ms Harrison alleged the pair's encounters continued, including at Seven-sponsored events such as the Australian Open, until mid-2014 when Ms Harrison claimed she became depressed and began having panic attacks.
Ms Harrison said she received $100,000 as part of a confidentially settlement in August 2014, however was made redundant in a second agreement in November 2014 in which the company offered to pay her $350,000. Ms
Harrison said she was never paid the agreed amount.
Her redundancy coincided with an investigation into Ms Harrison's use of corporate credit cards.
Seven has stated the investigation was completely unrelated and was merely a random check.
Since making her grievances public, Ms Harrison has challenged Seven to "play out their war of law against me in public now".
Seven has not responded to news.com.au's request for comment over the affair and Ms Harrison's claims over the legal stoush.
The network last night admitted to the Daily Telegraph that its chief executive had apologised for the relationship that took place before he was in the top job, and said it was a private matter for Mr Worner and his family to deal with.