Nine and producers Screentime have speedily settled a legal complaint from former Victorian Police Chief Simon Overland over his portrayal in Informer 3838.
The Australian reports the character of Overland, played by Ian Bliss (pictured), is shown having meetings and phone conversations with the secret police informer Nicola Gobbo (Ella Scott Lynch).
But Overland told the newspaper he gave evidence in the royal commission, “that neither of us have ever met or spoken.”
He claimed scenes misrepresented him, telling the newspaper, “I am concerned about it, I think it does go to my reputation because it’s portraying me in a light that is not factual and saying and doing things I would never say or do.”
Overland requested Nine contribute a $10,000 charity payment to the families of four dead Victorian police officers.
Nine reportedly offered Overland two settlements: A $6000 donation and a card correcting the record at the end of the show, or $10,000 donation and no correction.
Underbelly has a legacy of legal proceedings including being banned in Victoria and previous defamation cases.
Nine declined to comment.