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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.

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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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