Mining company engaged a private law firm to investigate when directors became aware of an anonymous letter about the executive chairman

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Fortescue Metals ordered a review into an anonymous allegation about the behaviour of its executive chair, Andrew Forrest, after a whistleblower tipoff, but cleared him of wrongdoing.

The company said in a statement it engaged an independent law firm that had not previously represented Fortescue or its billionaire founder to investigate the issue.

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