Mick Gatto loses defamation proceedings against ABC

Underworld figure Mick Gatto has lost his defamation case against the ABC after a Supreme Court judge dismissed the proceedings and found in favour of the national broadcaster.

Mr Gatto sued the ABC over a 2019 online article which reported an allegation he threatened to kill barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo after learning she was providing information to police. The report also contained details of evidence that alleged he was implicated in one of Melbourne’s gangland murders.

Mick Gatto in 2019.Credit:Jason South

Mr Gatto gave evidence in a trial last year and said he launched the defamation proceedings because he believed the ABC had “crossed a line” by publishing an article that contained suggestions he was a “murderer, hitman and one of the most violent men in Australia”.

But Supreme Court Justice Andrew Keogh on Friday found in favour of the ABC and dismissed Mr Gatto’s case.

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