What happens behind closed doors to hire Northcote at Belle Gibson is guessed by anyone. The cancer with the woman is certainly not saying.
What we do know is that the 27-year-old who lied about having a terminal brain cancer to make a profit through his book and the mobile app The Whole Pantry spends most of his time there.
Does not work and receives a government payment.
The small, white house bulletin board in the north of Melbourne is occupied by his eight-year-old son and a man who has been tied to it since his lies began to extricate himself in 2015.
His name is Clive Rothwell and, for the past four years, he has financed Gibson in whatever way she needs him.
Pay $ 600 each week for rent, but contribute when you can, she says.
He pays his legal fees, including $ 5500 for the lawyers who represented her in court yesterday, but part of this lump sum was "a gift," he says.
When Belle Gibson flew overseas, via Singapore, she listed her son as the main passenger and herself as her "companion". The bill was made out to his son, who is 8 years old. @newscomauHQ
– Rohan Smith (@Ro_Smith) May 14, 2019
He recently paid for a month-long trip to Africa via Singapore and Addis Ababa for Gibson and his son which included $ 3108 for flights and $ 2000 for accommodation.
In a letter that Gibson wrote to the Justice Department, the founder of The Whole Pantry revealed that he owed Mr. Rothwell $ 90,000.
But when he asked in court what the money was for, he said he didn't know. The account remains exceptional.
Perhaps most of the concerns about Gibson's relationship with Mr. Rothwell is his claim that the two are not just "just friends", but that he doesn't even know what he does for a living.
"Do you know what Clive does?" The lawyer Elle Nikou Madalin asked for more than two hours of constant grinding on Gibson's finances in the Melbourne federal court yesterday.
Gibson replied: "No. It's none of my business."
Belle Gibson says that the man she lives with, who pays half of the rent, is not her partner. He's a friend". But Gibson says he doesn't even know what he does for work. @newscomauHQ
– Rohan Smith (@Ro_Smith) May 14, 2019
Asked if the couple was romantically involved, Gibson said no. Asked if the couple was engaged, Gibson said no.
The money spent at Gibson is important because he still has to pay a penny for a fine of $ 410,000 received for five violations of consumer laws.
Gibson was ordered to pay the money after Consumer Affairs Victoria began to investigate his activity in the whole-food sector – which included a cookbook and app – and his claims that his terminal brain cancer was cured of a healthy diet.
The fake wellness guru's business has earned over $ 578,000 from more than 300,000 purchases before the cracks began to appear in its history.
Gibson's attorney, Andrew Tragardh, delivered two years of Gibson bank statements yesterday which revealed that he used a Sportsbet betting account and dealt with cryptocurrency.
Ms Nikou Madalin, representing consumer affairs, clashed with Gibson as she tried to get to the bottom of her finances.
At one point, Gibson claimed that the prosecutor did not allow her to speak.
"Can I finish, please?" Churches.
Ms. Nikou Madalin told her she couldn't.
"No. I'm the examiner. You can't. I'm not going to argue with you."
Later, Gibson's attorney claimed that the interrogation line was "absurd" and "totally unacceptable", but Ms Nikou Madalin said she had the right to push the witness until she "mistreated" her .
The grid revealed a series of inconsistencies in Gibson's story. Ms Nikou Madalin focused on traveling to Africa.
He told Gibson that there were still outstanding documents, including his travel itinerary. When asked if he had "deleted" the e-mails containing his travel itinerary, Gibson replied: "They were thrown out".
Another issue raised about the trip was Gibson's decision to appoint his son as the main traveler for flight invoices.
"(Your son) is listed as the main passenger and you are the companion," said Ms. Nikou Madalin.
"Exactly," replied Gibson.
Gibson was overwhelmed by journalists and photographers as he entered the federal court building. It was his first appearance in court after being issued with a fine in 2017.
He was wearing a black trench coat and a black suit with glasses. During a break outside the court, Gibson was heard by journalists saying that it is "sad" that the media is covering his case and that other "more important" cases should be covered instead.
Justice Debra Mortimer told Gibson that in September she had a "relentless obsession with herself".
In November, Judge Mortimer issued a warning to Gibson that the non-payment of the penalty would have made him liable for imprisonment, property seizure or other penalties.
Gibson will return to court on June 6 after Consumer Affairs reviewed his accounts forensic.
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