Tania Zaetta has reached a settlement with the Daily Telegraph over allegations it published last year implying she had sex with soldiers during an entertainer’s tour of Afghanistan.
The allegations were made in a Defence document that was sent to Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon in May 2008 and leaked to the media, but were later found to be untrue. In January she received compensation from the Defence Department and an apology.
The report had injured Zaetta’s credit, reputation and occupation and brought her into “public scandal, odium and contempt”, her statement of claim in the Supreme Court said.
“All I can say is the Defence Department has apologised to me and made a public statement that the allegations were totally false,” she said.
“It was important to me to clear my name and Defence has done that.
The former host of Who Dares Wins said she was very satisfied with the settlement with the newspaper today.
“The matter is now over and I greatly look forward to getting on with my career.”
The tour, filmed for Australian Story, also included Angry Anderson and Ami Williamson in Baghdad, Kabul and Kandahar.
Source: The Age