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Financial Review columnist joked businesswoman ‘doesn’t have a brain’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Private messages were read in the Federal Court on Tuesday in the defamation fight between Rear Window columnist Joe Aston and venture capitalist Elaine Stead.



Asked by Dr Stead’s barrister, Sue Chrysanthou, SC, if this comment was “disgraceful”, Aston replied it was a “poor joke” and “a private conversation”.
Elaine Stead and her sister Olivia outside the Federal Court in Sydney last week.Credit:Nick Moir
“The words are not comfortable to hear back, obviously. I can see why people would think it was uncalled for,” he said.
In defence of his column branding Dr Stead a “cretin”, Aston said on Monday that statements on her private social media accounts on…

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