A bitter feud between Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi and her estranged mother, Joyleen Robinson, over ownership of a family home has deepened on the last day of their civil trial. The trial, taking place at the Supreme Court of Victoria, witnessed an extraordinary attack on Amorosi's credibility by her mother's barrister, Daniel Harrison. Harrison questioned Amorosi's recollection of important dates and events, including the "happiest day of her life" when her birth father left.
Amorosi had previously testified about her abusive biological father and her strong bond with her stepfather, Peter Robinson. Robinson and his wife, Joyleen, face eviction if Amorosi wins the trial, which centers around a 20-acre property in Narre Warren North, Melbourne. According to Amorosi, her mother made an agreement to give her the property, while Joyleen claims it was a gift from Amorosi.
Harrison attempted to portray Amorosi as a liar, pointing to her failure to remember the deregistration of her touring company. He argued that if she couldn't recall that detail, her denial of the agreement with her mother could also be unreliable. However, the judge highlighted that these serious allegations had not been put to Amorosi during cross-examination.
The trial has shed light on the complex relationship between Amorosi and her mother, who worked as a cleaner and supported Amorosi's career during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Amorosi's lawsuit accuses her mother of "unconscionable conduct" and alleged exploitation of her wealth during her rise to fame. The court has yet to make a decision on the case, which also involves Amorosi's US property.
As the trial concludes, tensions remain high between Amorosi and her mother. The courtroom drama has captivated audiences, showcasing the intricate dynamics of a troubled family relationship. A verdict is anticipated at a later date, determining the fate of the disputed property and the future of Amorosi's relationship with her mother.