“ Stephen Belafonte gave evidence that he explained that ‘Mel wasn’t going to be able to come back in and do the deal because she wasn’t going to come there without her children, our children’. He says that Brad Lyons said ‘I couldn’t force you to and I wouldn’t if I could, forcing you away from your children’. Stephen Belafonte says that Brad Lyons asked whether it was a question of money and he said no, it was not. He gave evidence as follows:
And I said there is nothing we are going to be able to do with this, we are not going to be able to do this deal this time around. And he said well, I don’t know, I would like for you guys, I would like for Mel to do something with X Factor, you know, home visits, or, he was thinking about rejigging it where there was another judge that comes in, or whatever it was.
And I told him I was totally fully down with that and he would have to send that over as it would be a new deal or whatever. He said he would.
He also talked, and I told him, I had asked Brad myself, I said Brad, you know, we need to make up, you know, a PR release, and, you know, press release. And Brad said, you know, it is a very touchy subject. I don’t want, you know, the other judges, we got to keep this under wraps because he didn’t want the other judges from X Factor to kind of gouge him for price and stuff. And Brad seemed quite nervous about the fact that Channel 9 had just, I guess, brought Ricky Martin over, or announced Ricky Martin, I don’t know what it was.
(I was informed from the Bar table that the expression “totally fully down with that” connotes – contrary to what I might have expected – satisfaction).
David Cormack – Brisbane Barrister