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Disgraced soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has resigned from his position as a senior Queensland executive for Channel Seven after losing a defamation case where the Federal Court found he was a murderer and war criminal.
Roberts-Smith’s legal fights were initially funded by Seven before a private entity belonging to the company’s majority owner Kerry Stokes took over covering his bills via a loan. Seven and Stokes had consistently given Roberts-Smith a full-throated defence during the trial, lashing “scumbag journalists” for reporting on the man once seen as a heroic soldier.
Ben Roberts-Smith has quit his job at Seven, the company controlled by his billionaire benefactor Kerry Stokes.Credit: Philip Gostelow / Graham Tidy
On Friday, chief executive James Warburton told staff that Ben Roberts-Smith had resigned.
“As you’re all aware, the judgment in the defamation case was handed down yesterday,” Warburton wrote in an email obtained by other media outlets. “Ben has been on leave whilst the case was running, and today has offered his resignation, which we have accepted.”
“We thank Ben for his commitment to Seven and wish him all the best.”
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