Nine 'paid cancer con Belle Gibson $77,400'

The Nine Network reportedly paid cancer con Belle Gibson A$75,000 for an interview with 60 Minutes' Tara Brown.
The Nine Network reportedly paid cancer con Belle Gibson A$75,000 for an interview with 60 Minutes' Tara Brown.

The Nine Network reportedly paid cancer con Belle Gibson A$75,000 ($77,400) for an interview with 60 Minutes' Tara Brown.

Fairfax Media today reported the disgraced author - who'd admitted tricking millions of people into believing she had cancer and had cured it with healthy eating - was paid through her lawyers for the interview which aired in June last year.

Nine has a policy of not disclosing payments made to any interviewees on any of its programmes, a spokesman told AAP.

An estimated 1.07 million people tuned in to watch the mid-2015 interview, which didn't pass without controversy.

Some 11,000 people signed an online petition demanding the cancer fraud donate any payment to cancer research.

Gibson had already come clean about her health hoax months earlier in an unpaid interview with the Australian Women's Weekly.

She was exposed last year just as Apple had agreed to take on her The Whole Pantry app - which it later dropped.

Victoria's consumer watchdog is currently pursuing Gibson in the Federal Court accusing the author of engaging in "unconscionable conduct" for claiming she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009 - and given four months to live - before healing herself "naturally" after rejecting conventional treatment.

- AAP

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