I can’t believe any government Minister would walk into the old ‘make the accusation, wait for the denial then present the proof’ trap but I guess Paula Bennett is the least unlikely to fall for it.
UPDATE: Turns out TV3 did not have ’email documentation’, they had a couple of Facebook messages between Fuller and one of her friends in which Fuller claimed she had been offered compensation. After meeting with Paula Bennett Fuller wrote:
Things went really well she wasn’t that scary… I dropped the tears a few times and she felt sorry for me – wont put me back in the media and get me hurt again and willing to talk settlement. I’ve got a tough choice to make have two days to come up with what I want as a payment I don’t want to sound greedy but its hard to put price on what iv been through
Fuller has said that the messages were untrue and a joke. Doesn’t really sound that way does it? Sounds like one of the criteria for payment was confidentiality and someone has explained to Fuller that she won’t get any money if she publically admits to a settlement.
The meetings between Bennett and Fuller were initiated by the Privacy Commissioner – I don’t have a problem with them mediating a cash settlement (if that’s what has happened): Fuller is the wronged party here, after all.
UPDATE II: My other theory is that Bennett didn’t explicity offer Fuller cash (Bennett: ‘Why don’t you tell us what you want out of all of this and I’ll see what I can do.’ Fuller: ‘You mean like a cash settlement?’ Bennett: ‘If you think that’s fair. Have a think about it and let me know, and I’ll make sure that the horrible media leaves you alone.’)