Peter Brock's 1st Wife Threatens To SUE Over New Miniseries
The first wife of Australian racing legend Peter Brock has threatened legal action over a two-part series documenting her former husband's life.
Michelle Downes, who married Brock as a 21-year-old in 1974, told The Daily Telegraph that she is afraid the Channel 10-produced show, starring Matt Le Nevez and Kirsty Lee Allan, may "gloss over" their "brutal marriage."
"We have repeatedly asked Endemol Shine for the script, so that Michelle can have a say in whether their marriage is truthfully portrayed," a lawyer for the former Miss Australia said.
"She is worried the broadcast will gloss over her one-year marriage and not show the domestic violence she suffered.
"If it portrays her in a happy marriage, she will be made out to be a liar and will sue because she has previously told how he beat her and has given public talks against domestic violence."
In 2006, Downes told New Idea magazine that the regular beatings that marred her short marriage began on the couple's honeymoon.
"He pushed me around and three me up against a wall," she said at the time. "I remember sitting on the sand at 2am crying my eyes out."
She also claimed that Brock had encouraged her to have an abortion as his career began to escalate, and that she suffered a breakdown as a result.
The first part of the miniseries airs this Sunday, in line with the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 100, and also stars Ella Scott Lynch and Natalie Bassingthwaighte; a spokesman for Endemol Shine said that they had "been in touch with Michelle Downes' representatives on a number of occasions" and that they had "taken into account" her public statements.
Peter Brock, known as "Peter Perfect", died in September 2006 after his car collided with a tree during a road rally in Western Australia.