An epic libel trial that saw a computer guru’s sordid sex life aired in public has ended a year after it made international headlines.
Constantine Arvanitis, 49, had accused his ex-partner Selina Holder of defaming him after calling him a sex addict in documents shared with his fiancée and her top doctor sister.
On Monday, the couple returned to Victoria County Court to announce that the case had finally been resolved out of court.
Constantine Arvanitis and Melanie Thornton leave Victoria County Court on Monday. Mr Arvanitis claimed he had been the target of a savage attack aimed at destroying his reputation
Selina Holder had defended claims that she defamed her former partner
Selina Holder appeared in Victoria County Court last year. She was defending claims that she defamed her ex-partner by calling him a drug addict
It was in June last year that the warring parties last set foot in court.
Victoria had been in the grip of the Covid 19 pandemic, which saw the state’s justice system come to a halt.
Ms Holder’s lawyer, Barrie Goldsmith, said age his client and Mr. Arvanitis had mutually agreed to settle the case and that there was “an intention to read a document in court” announcing this.
A smiling Mr Arvanitis was seen leaving the courthouse on Monday hand-in-hand with his fiancée Melanie Thornton – the sister of respected oncology surgeon Dr Chantel Thornton.
It is understood Ms Holder, who lived in Sydney, was not physically present in court on Monday.
The last time she confronted Mr. Arvanitis, she ended up walking out of the courtroom in disgust.
Newshounds sued Constantine Arvanitis and Melanie Thornton as they left Victoria County Court in Melbourne on Monday
Constantine Arvanitis had been accused of having slept with several women and being a sex addict
Selina Holder (left) Melanie Thornton (centre) are all embroiled in a messy court case in Melbourne
Mr Arvanitis had been cross-examined for five days in their gruesome libel trial at the time.
‘This is a lie. You are a pathological liar,” she exclaimed from a seated position behind her attorney.
‘Sorry, I’m leaving.’
The incident followed a claim by Mr Arvanitis that Ms Holder had embarked on a mission to destroy his relationship with Ms Thornton.
Mr Arvanitis had denied having had a sexual relationship with Ms Holder while sleeping with up to half a dozen other women.
The offensive document she shared alleged that Mr Arvanitis had broken his foot, was a prescription drug dealer, was mentally unstable, a criminal and a “sex addict”.
Letter to Mr. Arvanitis’ fiancé, Melanie Thornton
Court documents allege that Selina Holder shared a document with Mr Arvanitis’ current fiancée which stated:
‘He’s dangerous and violent and addicted to sex (sic).
He goes to Sydney and cheats on you.
He will beat you. (redacted)
We have the police investigating him.
We want to warn you.
We are brotherhood.
We have to expose it.
He will take all your money.
It must be stopped. We have evidence of his abuse.
We are trying to save you.
You must contact us so that we can protect you from this evil person.
We all want to help you.
We are in Melbourne together so please come and meet us.
Mr Arvanitis further claimed that a letter outlining similar allegations had also been received by his current fiancée.
While the computer scientist’s other two ex-girlfriends apologized and recanted, Ms Holder went to court to confront her ex-boyfriend.
It was a decision she likely regretted as media across the country took to the public eye.
Ms Holder had been informed on the first day of the hearing that Mr. Arvanitis would end her lawsuit if she consented to an order to stop making defamatory statements, an acknowledgment that what she wrote was untrue, and $5,000.
This offer was rejected and the lawsuit quickly turned into a full-scale slang match between the angry ex-lovers.
Mr Arvanitis had met Ms Holder via a dating app in September 2012.
But the relationship quickly deteriorated and in 2015 it ended after the birth of their child.
Mr Arvanitis claimed Ms Holder had cheated on him from the start of their relationship and once found a steamy picture message on his phone which he claimed he had sent to his secret lover.
Asked about the image, Mr Arvanitis claimed Ms Holder would become violent and lash out.
Among a series of allegations, Mr Arvanitis claimed that Ms Holder repeatedly punched him in the face and whipped him over the head with a phone charging cable.
Melanie Thornton and her sister Dr. Chantel Thornton, a respected cancer surgeon
Dr. Chantel Thornton allegedly received damning information about Con Arvanitis and shared it with her husband
Selina Holder was all smiles as she left court when the trial began. On Wednesday, she could barely contain her rage for her ex-partner
An image of Mr Arvanitis’ bruised face was presented to the court in support of his claims.
The father-of-two claimed Ms Holder not only consumed alcohol during her pregnancy, but would do so while breastfeeding her own child.
“I didn’t think it was right,” Mr. Arvanitis said.
The court heard Ms Holder punched him once in the face as he drove their car, but when he tried to report to the police they told him not to disturb.
“If you were a woman, I wouldn’t hesitate to issue an intervention order,” the office reportedly told her.
Mr Arvanitis received his own order later that evening after the row escalated, the court heard.
In 2015, Mr Arvanitis claimed Ms Holder would attack him and goad him into responding, then tape him with threats to go to the police.
As the relationship continued to deteriorate, Mr Arvanitis claimed his ex-partner threatened to call his boss and tell him he was a drug addict.
Audio of Ms Holder allegedly making the threat was played in court.
Mr Arvanitis, who claimed to have quit a rampant cocaine habit that threatened to consume his life, said he continued to pay all of his child support responsibilities in addition to paying off Ms Holder’s credit card debts.
Selina Holder leaves a court in Melbourne last year.
Ms Holder, who denied sending the letter, filed a defense claiming Mr Arvanitis had spent $220,000 on cocaine, taken methamphetamine and sold Viagra to colleagues while working at ANZ.
She had alleged that Mr Arvanitis had had sex with at least two other women – and her – and possibly more during the same period.
The court heard a series of steamy text exchanges between Mr Arvanitis and Ms Holder during the period he was ‘hookup’ with sex partners he had met on Tinder.
The couple had already broken up and Ms Holder had moved to her hometown of Sydney with their young daughter.
Mr Arvanitis denied pursuing a sexual relationship with Ms Holder and claimed the text messages – some of which contained references to the “morning after pill” and “getting pregnant” – were a form of remote role-playing.
Mr Arvanitis admitted he had unprotected sex with both women while dating Ms Thornton.
Several of his ex-girlfriends were due to take the witness stand on behalf of the defense when the trial was adjourned prematurely.
Mr Arvanitis had told the court that these women were just ‘dates’ he had met on the dating app Tinder for the purpose of having meaningless sex.
Again, Mr. Arvanitis claimed that the Abandoned Women – now numbering five – were conspiring to destroy him.
Mr Arvanitis had taken legal action after Dr Thornton received a separate defamatory document from Ms Holder.
Dr Thornton – the wife of luxury car dealer Srecko Lorbek – was due to be subpoenaed in court to state exactly who she shared the document with.
Mr Arvanitis had been adopted by the Thornton clan until the end of 2018, when he claims the document came into the hands of Dr Thornton.
He was dumped like a hot potato when Dr. Thornton received the disturbing document and never returned home despite his ongoing relationship with his sister, who had received a hand-delivered letter.
The letter had been signed by Ms Holder and two other ex-girlfriends of Mr Arvanitis – aka ‘The Sisterhood’.
She hadn’t been the first to see it, Mr Arvanitis claimed, with his two previous ex-girlfriends also receiving a copy.
In ending the case, the couple requested the dismissal of the procedure and requested that there be free orders.