TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (right)

Lisa Wilkinson’s bosses send letter to the judge after Logies speech, Brittany Higgins rape trial #Logies2022 #Logies

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Lisa Wilkinson’s Channel Ten bosses ship an pressing ‘contempt’ letter to the decide after disastrous Logies speech delayed Brittany Higgins’ trial – as prosecutor points stark warning her feedback sparked a ‘BUSHFIRE’

  • Brittany Higgins’ rape trial has been pushed three months – to October 4 
  • Bruce Lehrmann was resulting from stand trial on June 27, however the case has been delayed
  • Former Liberal staffer pleaded not responsible to assaulting Brittany Higgins in 2019
  • Lisa Wilkinson, 62, talked about Brittany Higgins in her Logie acceptance speech

Lisa Wilkinson’s Channel Ten bosses have despatched an pressing letter to the decide on the helm of Brittany Higgins’ rape trial – because the listening to date is moved to October.

Bruce Lehrmann was charged with sexual activity with out consent following allegations that he raped Ms Higgins in an workplace at Parliament Home in March 2019. Mr Lehrmann has pleaded not responsible.

He was resulting from stand trial on June 27, nonetheless, ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum instructed the Supreme Courtroom that current media publicity had prejudged his proper to a good trial.

The current occasions she was referring to occurred on Sunday night on the Logie awards – when Community 10 journalist Lisa Wilkinson made reference to Ms Higgins’ allegations throughout her acceptance speech in entrance of one-million viewers. 

Mr Lehrmann’s lawyer Steven Whybrow requested Justice McCallum within the Supreme Courtroom on Thursday morning if the listening to could possibly be moved to subsequent yr because of the ‘bushfire’ of publicity that he believed would nonetheless be burning in three months’ time.

Nonetheless, the decide stated she wouldn’t wait and set a brand new date of October 4.

The crown prosecutor talked about a letter from Wilkinson and Community 10 that was tendered to the courtroom – which incorporates references to the truth that ‘interfering with the courtroom proceedings might lead to contempt’.

TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (right)

TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (proper) 

It’s unclear if prosecutors Wilkinson will probably be charged with contempt of courtroom, nonetheless, it’s understood that she might discover out about any penalties by the shut of enterprise on Thursday. 

Contempt of courtroom is when a person who is named to offer proof deliberately engages in behaviour thought-about to be disrespectful to the courtroom or Justice of the Peace. 

The decide defined that Wilkinson is a key witness within the trial, and that the first concern this week was paneling a jury in a list which included the journalist.

She was assured that delaying the trial by three months could be sufficient time to dampen the publicity within the minds of the jurors – regardless of Mr Whybrow’s protests.

‘I instructed you I would not count on that it’ll take longer than six weeks, however I’d ask for six weeks for security,’ he instructed the decide.

Justice McCallum replied: ‘I can not see how a trial involving a single incident with a single complainant might take six weeks.’

‘I’ve carried out complicated homicide trials in lower than that. 

‘I can not see the way it can presumably take six weeks.’ 

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday night

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday evening

Justice McCallum stated on Tuesday: ‘The case has accordingly attracted a degree of consideration within the media … that whereas not unprecedented, is actually excessive.’

‘In depth media reporting of alleged legal conduct shouldn’t be mischievous in itself.

‘What’s a possible mischief is media reporting of such points in such a method … it impacts the legal case.’ 

She defined that whereas jurors may be given instructions to mitigate prejudice, this case was totally different with Wilkinson being a key witness. 

Wilkinson received a Logie for her reporting on Ms Higgins’ rape claims. 

‘Your honour, this speech didn’t must be made,’ Lehrmann’s barrister Steve Whybrow stated.  

Mr Whybrow launched the keep utility on Tuesday, following Wilkinson’s speech.

He stated a brief keep – basically, a delay – was the one recourse to permit for a good trial so ‘hostile publicity can dissipate’.

‘It is untenable in my submission for a trial to be held beneath these circumstances presently,’ he stated. 

Justice McCallum slammed the media over its reporting of Wilkinson’s speech. 

‘What considerations me most about this current spherical is that the excellence between an allegation and a discovering of guilt has been utterly obliterated …  on Sunday and Monday,’ she stated. 

‘The implicit premise of (Wilkinson’s speech) is to rejoice the truthfulness of the story she uncovered.’ 

Wilkinson’s speech might see her charged with contempt of courtroom.

The case was initially resulting from start on June 6 however was delayed till June 27 after Lehrmann’s barrister pulled out days earlier than the trial. 


‘Community 10 acknowledges the ruling by Chief Justice McCallum and absolutely helps Lisa Wilkinson. 

‘Each Community 10 and Lisa Wilkinson take their authorized obligations very significantly, together with within the preparation and supply of her speech given on the Logies occasion. 

‘In gentle of the persevering with proceedings, it could be inappropriate to remark additional presently.’