A senior NRL reporter who threatened to rip of an 18-year-old colleague's head and defecate down his throat has lost defamation proceedings against five news outlets that published his tirade.
Josh Massoud sued Sydney radio station 2GB, Nine Digital, Fox Sports Australia, The Daily Telegraph, and radio station KIIS FM for defamation in the NSW District Court over their reporting of the workplace dispute that resulted in his dismissal from the Seven Network.
In 16 articles in 2018 and 2019, the outlets had published the allegation he had threatened to 'slit' the throat of his colleague which Massoud argued was worse than what he actually said.
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Massoud made the comments on a phone call to Jack Warren – the son of the network's Brisbane news director Neil Warren - in May 2018, who had tweeted details of Massoud's exclusive story on Twitter before the intended 6pm broadcast.
Jack Warren explained the story had not been marked as an exclusive, but none-the-less apologised to Massoud four times before the reporter - some two decades his senior - made the threat.
The incident left Warren so upset and shocked he wept uncontrollably in front of his colleagues and had to be sent home.
Massoud contended that the articles' imputations he threatened to slit the throat of a young colleague, was a bully and the type of person who threatens and intimidates colleagues were untrue and defamatory.
Massoud allegedly told a younger colleague that he would cut his head off and defecate down his throat, and he deemed the publication of 16 articles in 2018 and 2019 defamatory
But in a judgment handed down on Thursday, Judge Judith Gibson found the all of the imputations were substantially