An old issue of the now-defunct Outrage magazine became required reading for jury members at the trial of former Satellite boss Greg Fisher (pictured) this week.
The April 2000 issue -“ featuring a men’s autumn and winter fashion preview -“ was presented by Fisher’s counsel Charles Waterstreet to Double Bay designer Alex Perry, who was giving evidence at the time.
Perry told the court he was familiar with the magazine, but did not read it, and his fashions were not part of the preview.
It’s menswear, Perry said. I don’t do menswear.
Other self-proclaimed non-readers included Waterstreet, crown prosecutor Robert Sutherland and the presiding District Court judge Stephen Norrish.
Waterstreet joked while he himself had no objection to his opponent reading the magazine before it was presented to the witness, Sutherland’s wife might have objected. Sutherland, in turn, joked Waterstreet might have some clear knowledge of how long it would take him to read it.
The judge told the jury members the magazine would be available for them to read along with other exhibits, warning them not to be distracted by anything they might find offensive.
The Satellite Group bought Outrage magazine from Bluestone Communications in July 1999.
Greg Fisher is facing six charges relating to $220,000 in payments made to Alex Perry in the lead-up to Mercedes Fashion Week in 2000. It is alleged the money was paid to Perry without the knowledge or consent of the Satellite Board.