The documentary suggested Brown's book
had been dropped by retailing giant
Amazon because of its speculative
content which theorised Kate and Gerry
may have hidden Maddie's body after an
accidental death in the holiday
The reality, according to documents seen
by Nine.com.au, was that Amazon was
threatened by Carter-Ruck, the notorious
London libel firm long employed by the
McCanns to shut down negative headlines.
Brown said she had made numerous
appearances on major US TV networks over
a 15-year career and had never wanted to
sue – until now.
US-based attorney Brian Close, who is
representing Brown, said he has
identified defamation, intentional
misrepresentation and false light as
grounds for legal action against Sadler
and Seven West Media.
Former London Met homicide detective
Colin Sutton was also angered at the way
his commentary had been manipulated in
the edit suite.
He told Nine.com.au the
misrepresentations were "unfair,
unethical and represents the sort of
journalism with which I do not wish to
Nine.com.au has contacted Seven West
Media for a statement but have not had
comment at the time of publishing.