Consumer Affairs Victoria has taken legal steps to compel the disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson to answer questions about her business dealings.
On Thursday, the watchdog appeared in the Melbourne magistrates court hoping it would order Gibson to assist with its investigation into her affairs. The case was adjourned to 10 July.
Gibson’s wellness empire crumbled after Fairfax Media revealed in March that she never delivered thousands of dollars’ worth of promised charity donations on the back of funds raised by her book and app, both named The Whole Pantry.
Gibson sold her products on the basis of her claims that she had treated her terminal brain cancer and other ailments by shunning conventional medical treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy, and instead turning to a healthy diet and alternative therapies. Her claims attracted thousands of online followers.
It was then revealed by The Australian that Gibson had never had cancer, infuriating her thousands of fans, many of whom did have cancer, and prompting her publisher to pulp her recipe book. Her wellness app has been removed from the Apple store.