Well-known Melbourne identity Mick Gatto has lost a defamation lawsuit against the ABC, with Victoria’s Supreme Court dismissing a claim for compensation.
- Mr Gatto claimed the ABC’s 2019 article made him out to be “one of Australia’s most violent criminals”
- The court ruled the meanings claimed by Mr Gatto were not made out
- Justice Andrew Keogh said the ABC was entitled to report on Mr Gatto as a “newsworthy and legitimate subject of public interest”
Mr Gatto launched legal action against the public broadcaster in 2019, after he was the subject of an article relating to Melbourne’s Lawyer X scandal.
Mr Gatto claimed the article made him out to be a “murderer” and “one of Australia’s most violent criminals” — submissions which…