Leaked text messages between Brittany Higgins and her fiancé David Sharaz appear to suggest that Anthony Albanese and other Labor heavyweights had “direct contact” with the couple as part of a conspiracy to pursue her rape allegation.
The Prime Minister, Environment Secretary Tanya Plibersek and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher have all staunchly denied working with Ms Higgins in opposition to “arm” the allegations and harm Scott Morrison’s coalition government.
Former Liberal Party staffer Ms Higgins alleges Bruce Lehrmann sexually assaulted her in the early hours of March 23, 2019 in the office of Liberal Party Senator Linda Reynolds. Mr. Lehrmann firmly denies the accusation.
Text messages between Ms Higgins and Mr Sharaz reveal that the couple had planned to enlist the help of key political figures and “favourite” reporters to pursue claims that their allegations had been “covered up” by the government. The Australian reported.
On April 16, 2021, two months after Ms Higgins’ claims were made public, Mr Sharaz texted Ms Higgins, saying: “So Albo gave me his number – he just came in to do the breakfast show – and said, if you would like to meet Scomo.’ Let him know and he will fly to Canberra to be there if you would like to meet him too.’
Ms Higgins replied: “Absolutely.” “I have no qualms about meeting up with Albo.”
New leaked text messages between Brittany Higgins and her fiancé David Sharaz (pictured together) appear to suggest Anthony Albanese and other Labor heavyweights have had “direct contact” with the couple as part of a conspiracy to expose their alleged sexual assault at Parliament House close
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) has staunchly denied working with Ms Higgins in opposition to “arm” the allegations and harm Scott Morrison’s coalition government
Just six days later, Mr. Sharaz wrote: “Friday 9am Albo locked up in CPO.” Details to come…Tanya [Plibersek] to.’
Asked Tuesday if Ms Higgins had reached out to him to support her cause, Mr Albanese simply replied “no”. Mrs. Plibersek has also rejected the allegations.
It is understood Ms Higgins was furious with then-Prime Minister Morrison after hearing rumors his office had “kept her in the background”.
“He’s about to be screwed.” Just wait. “We have him,” she wrote to Mr Sharaz on March 26, 2021.
Mr Sharaz was also critical of Mr Morrison.
“I still hate the c… still,” he wrote.
The spate of texts sheds light on her plans to provide Senator Gallagher with information so she can ask questions about the government’s handling of the case and the alleged cover-up during a cost estimate hearing.
The development comes after Mr Sharaz was revealed to have named Senator Gallagher in an audio clip released by Daily Mail Australia.
Senator Reynolds (pictured with Scott Morrison in 2019) said she plans to present the settlement to the new federal anti-corruption commission, saying the speed of the process raises concerns about “fairness.”
Just two weeks before the sexual assault allegation was broadcast on The Project in February 2021, Mr Sharaz asked presenter Lisa Wilkinson if she knew “friendly MPs” who could throw questions at the then-Liberal government during Question Time.
“Oh, certainly Albo,” Ms Wilkinson replied, adding, “Tanya Plibersek, definitely.”
Mr Sharaz told Ms Wilkinson and network producer Angus Llewellyn: “I have a friend at Labour, Katy Gallagher from the Labor side who will investigate and take this further.”
“So the week sits, the story comes out, they have to answer questions in Question Time, it’s a mess for them.”
Ms Gallagher has vehemently denied knowing about the allegations against Mr Lehrmann before they were made public and that she had asked questions on behalf of the couple.
The Labor heavyweight has also denied playing any role in approving the estimated $3 million in compensation to Ms Higgins, which was approved by the government in December last year.
Sen. Reynolds said Wednesday she plans to present the settlement to the new federal anti-corruption commission, saying the speed of the process raises concerns about “fairness.”
Four days before Ms Higgins’ allegations went public, Mr Sharaz wrote about how Senator Gallagher was “really invested in the saga”.
“Katy Gallagher texted me. She is angry and wants to help. She has the context. Says they knew something was wrong because they fired Bruce and not you. “You have avoided a scandal,” he wrote to Ms. Higgins.
Four days before Ms Higgins’ allegations went public, Mr Sharaz wrote about how Senator Gallagher (pictured) is “really invested in the saga”.
‘I gave her [The Project] interview for context. I hope that’s okay? She doesn’t do anything with it. But I also like to go out and let her talk to you if you want. “Basically, I wanted her to understand the whole context because it’s so complicated.”
Ms Higgins replied: ‘That’s fine.’ It’ll all be public soon anyway, haha.’
The Senator Gallagher controversy continued on March 18, 2021 as the couple became increasingly concerned about the Prime Minister’s origins.
“You might as well feed Katy whatever you’ve got,” Ms Higgins told Mr Sharaz on March 18.
“The sooner we can nip it in the bud the better.” Especially if we can call her by name,” Ms Higgins wrote, hoping the senator might be able to raise the issue in the House of Lords.
Mr Sharaz replied: I texted Katy and SHY (Green Senator Sarah Hanson Young).
The couple also spoke about recruiting journalists and media workers to their cause after being contacted by Mr. Morrison’s chief of staff, John Kunkel, whom they accused of working against them.
“Should we get Katy Gallagher’s advice on Kunkel?” “She’s pretty politically wild haha,” Mr Sharaz wrote to Ms Higgins on May 5, 2021.
He then suggests giving the media a “drop” of information before Ms Higgins said: “He’ll just deny he confirmed anything.” These meetings are more in their interests than ours. I’ll just let Tanya know and get her advice.’
Text messages between Ms Higgins and Mr Sharaz (pictured together) reveal that the couple had planned to enlist the help of key political figures and “favourite” reporters to pursue claims that their allegations had been “covered up” by the government
Mr Sharaz said he had texted a number of important political figures, including Green Senator Sarah Hanson Young (pictured).
Mr Sharaz replied: “Plibersek? That’s a good idea.’
Mr Lehrmann pleaded not guilty to raping Ms Higgins at his criminal trial in October last year.
However, the case was dropped after a jury member brought unauthorized material into the jury room.
A second trial was scheduled to take place in February, but the ACT’s chief prosecutor, Shane Drumgold, dropped the matter on the grounds that the risk to Ms Higgins’ mental health was “significant and unacceptable”.
The handling of the case by the Australian Federal Police and Prosecutors is currently being reviewed by an independent inquiry.