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‘We are the sisterhood’: Man sues after ex-girlfriends ‘sent damaging letter’ to new fiancee

Mr Arvanitis denies the allegations.

Mr Arvanitis denies the allegations.

“Melanie, we have tried to speak to you to warn you about Con so many times. He is dangerous and violent and sex addict (sic). He goes to Sydney and cheats on you,” the letter stated, according to court documents.

“We are the sisterhood. We have to expose him. He will take all your money. He has to be stopped.

“You must contact us so we can protect you from this evil person. We all want to help you. We are in Melbourne together so please meet with us.”

As well as the letter, Ms Holder is accused of sending a defamatory legal document to Mr Arvanitis’ future sister-in-law, breast cancer surgeon Dr Chantel Thornton, who showed it to her husband, luxury car dealer Srecko Lorbek.

Mr Arvanitis claims the relationship with his in-laws was subsequently “damaged beyond repair” and that family events were now celebrated separately.

Several instances of Mr Arvanitis’ alleged behaviour are detailed in Ms Holder’s defence filed with the court to substantiate the letter and legal document.

Among them are serious allegations of criminal behaviour, including family violence, as well as deceptions of women Mr Arvanitis was dating.

They include saying he was in a monogamous sexual relationship when he wasn’t and declaring his “undying love” to several women simultaneously.

Allegations of Mr Arvanitis using ice, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on cocaine and being disciplined for dealing Viagra to co-workers while employed in a fraud detection role at ANZ were also outlined. Records of a drug rehabilitation facility have been subpoenaed as part of the trial.

In his statement of claim, Mr Arvanitis lists his profession as an IT consultant in the banking industry. He currently works for NAB after previously being employed by ANZ, Victoria Police and IBM.

Mr Arvanitis has a “reputation for integrity of the highest order and being ethical”, according to his statement of claim.

Mr Arvanitis originally filed his defamation suit against all three women, however the matter will proceed against Ms Holder as the only defendant.

He claims the letter was “actuated by malice”, which, if proven, can be used in court to defeat several defences against defamation.

“It was clearly the intention of the Defendant to attempt to break [the relationship] up,” court documents state.

Ms Holder has denied that she sent the letter, however if the court finds she did, she will rely on a truth defence.

Mr Arvanitis is seeking aggravated damages, as well as an injunction preventing the further publication of any claims.

Lawyers for both parties declined to comment.

An eight-day trial is due to begin on May 17.

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