Neighbours actress and Inside Soap Sexiest Female nominee (2008) Kym Valentine has settled her lawsuit with the peaceful, law-abiding residents of Ramsay Street and their unholy puppet-masters FremantleMedia Australia, out of court.
Valentine initiated legal action against FremantleMedia in July this year – how time flies! – alleging by means of leaked legal documents that she suffered both “sex and disability discrimination” during the fifteen years of her life in which the already poorly drawn out lines between her and the character she played, Libby Kennedy, began to blur beyond recognition.
Kym Kennedy asserted that FremantleMedia failed to provide “a working environment that was safe” and that they breached “the relationship of trust and confidence” between actor and production company. Valentine then sought both “compensation for lost wages and ‘pain, hurt, suffering and humiliation’, [and] an acknowledgment that she suffered unlawful discrimination and an apology”. Most notably, Karl and Susan Kennedy’s favourite fictional daughter also demanded that she be allowed to seamlessly transition back into the cast of Neighbours which wouldn’t have been awkward at all.
Today’s Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that it remains unclear if Valentine has been rehired for the role of Elizabeth Kennedy; she does, however, have a minor role in a Channel Nine miniseries slated to air in 2014, Fat Tony and Co., so there’s that.