Brittany Higgins has taken a firm vow from her hospital bed that she stands ready to testify against Bruce Lehrmann if he sues Lisa Wilkinson and Channel 10 for defamation.
The former Liberal staffer spent her 29th birthday in a Queensland psychiatric hospital on Wednesday, less than a week after alleged sexual assault charges against her former colleague were dropped.
ACT’s chief prosecutor, Shane Drumgold, decided not to hold a second trial over fears it would negatively impact Ms Higgins’ mental health – after the first trial was abandoned in October due to misconduct by a jury.
Daily Mail Australia announced on Tuesday that Mr Lehrmann is considering suing Wilkinson, the production company behind The Project (Rove McManus’s Roving Enterprises), Network Ten and parent company Paramount.
Ms Higgins first claimed she was raped by a “male colleague” during a television interview on The Project with Ms Wilkinson in February 2021, who later won the current affairs program with a logie.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said Mr. Lehrmann will claim he was not given an opportunity to respond to the allegations made on the show.
On Wednesday night, Ms Higgins responded to claims Mr Lehrmann could take legal action by promising to testify her version of events in court. Mr Lehrmann has always vigorously denied Ms Higgins’ allegations.
David Sharaz is pictured with Brittany Higgins. He uploaded photos of them together for their 28th birthday
“Following recent developments, I must make it clear that I stand ready, if necessary, to defend the truth as a witness in any civil action brought by Mr. Lehrmann,” Ms. Higgins tweeted.
Mr Lehrmann has engaged one of Australia’s most respected defamation law firms, Mark O’Brien Legal
“We are acting on this matter,” lead counsel Paul Svilans told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday morning.
“We want to assess whether there is a matter that is actionable.”
So far, no reports of concern have been sent as lawyers are examining volumes of media reports and public speeches
It’s understood that Mr. Lehrmann will “strongly consider” filing lawsuits against multiple media outlets and Twitter identities.
Channel 10 has since hit back, insisting its news team reached out to Mr Lehrmann for comment before airing Wilkinson’s explosive interview with Ms Higgins about the project.
Brittany Higgins took to Twitter on Wednesday night, where she vowed to testify against former colleague Bruce Lehrmann if he sues Lisa Wilkinson and Channel 10 for defamation
Bruce Lehrmann (pictured) is considering suing Lisa Wilkinson, the production company behind The Project, Network Ten and parent company Paramount
Earlier on Wednesday, Ms Higgins shared footage from her hospital bed for the first time since she was admitted, thanking her family and friends for helping her celebrate her 28th birthday.
The day started with Ms Higgins friend David Sharaz buying her a coffee and bringing it to her bedside.
Later that afternoon, she uploaded an Instagram story, which she filmed from her bed in the infirmary.
Her mother, Kelly Higgins, waved at the camera, and another friend sat in front of a table filled with balloons and flowers.
She captioned the video: “My friends and family are the best.”
Mr Sharaz also posted a heartfelt birthday post for his “soulmate”.
“Happiest birthday ever to my soul mate Brittany – my god – she’s beautiful – Higgins. We are so lucky to have you.
“Blessed by your courage, your dignity and a resilience that comes closest to the superhuman I have ever experienced,” he wrote.
“I know this wasn’t the birthday party we were hoping for: a crappy morning coffee at the hospital. But believe me, better days are ahead, glorious. They just are.”
Kelly Higgins (left), Brittany’s mother, was seen in her hospital room. The room was decorated with flowers and balloons
David Sharaz (pictured with Brittany Higgins) uploaded a series of photos for Ms Higgins’ birthday on Wednesday
He thanked Ms Higgins for her “kindness and love” and said she was the “greatest individual” he had ever met.
It was alleged that Mr. Lehrmann raped her in March 2019 in the Parliament building.
Mr. Lehrmann pleaded not guilty to having sex without consent in court and has firmly denied the allegations against him.
It comes as their lawyers prepare to begin civil court proceedings against the Commonwealth and its former bosses, Linda Reynolds and Michaelia Cash.
Their attorneys have sent documents to all parties justifying their intent to sue for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, negligence and victimization.
On Wednesday, Ms Higgins’ boyfriend David Sharaz uploaded an Instagram story wishing her a happy birthday
She is asking for $2.5 million for future economic losses, up to $100,000 for past economic losses, $100,000 for general damages, $20,000 for future assistance with domestic responsibilities, and $150,000 for past and future expenses.
An official lawsuit has yet to be filed as the parties involved prepare to begin arbitration talks on December 13.
Noor Blumer, a founding partner of Blumers Lawyers, is understood to have been quietly negotiating the claim since February. She declined to comment on the matter or mediation talks.
Ms Higgins’ attorney, Leon Zwier, who assisted her during the Canberra criminal trial, is aware of the allegation.
Mr Lehrmann was not publicly named as the alleged rapist of Ms Higgins until six months later, when he was formally charged with sexual assault.
Brittany Higgins spent her birthday in hospital with her mother Kelly Higgins (pictured), a friend and her boyfriend
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