Belle Gibson Arrives At Court To Explain Unpaid Fine
Belle Gibson is fronting court to explain why she's failed to pay $410,000 after being handed the fine in 2017.
What you need to know
- Belle Gibson built a business empire as a 'wellness guru', launching an app and accompanying cookbook called The Whole Pantry
- She claimed she cured brain cancer using a combination of natural remedies
- She was ordered to pay $410,000 in 2017
In April, the fake wellness guru was summoned to appear in the Federal Court for examination on her financial affairs, following her non-compliance.
Gibson has been warned she faces jail time for failing to pay the penalty, which was imposed on her for five breaches of consumer laws.
The 27-year-old claimed she cured herself of brain cancer using a combination of natural remedies including diet and alternative therapies.
Gibson lied to consumers that she would donate money from her Whole Pantry app and book sales to various charities. After receiving $440,500 in sales, she only donated about $10,000 to charity.
While standing in line at court on Tuesday, Gibson was overheard saying it is "sad" the media is covering her case, when they should instead "be covering more important things".
Gibson's lawyer arrived with two year's worth of his client's bank statements, telling the court he wanted the matter dealt with "today" because returning to court would require additional costs Gibson could not afford.
Elle Nikou Madalin, acting for Consumer Affairs Victoria -- which pursued Gibson's summons -- sought an adjournment to allow the documents to be thoroughly examined by forensic accountants.
Gibson's matter was adjourned until 2:15pm, when she will face questioning.
Federal Court Justice Debra Mortimer scathingly described Gibson as having a "relentless obsession with herself" when she handed down the penalty in September 2017.
The judge said her failure to apologise or attend any of her court hearings demonstrated how she placed her own interests ahead of others.