Lisa Wilkinson’s Logies look final weekend induced a rape trial delay, however months in the past one other lady confirmed how a speech on the identical topic must be achieved.
The story of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape was damaged in February 2021 – by Samantha Maiden in print and on Channel 10’s The Challenge by Wilkinson.
Maiden and Wilkinson each received awards for his or her work, however their acceptance speeches have been in marked distinction.
Wilkinson’s thanking of Higgins for her ‘braveness’ induced the excessive profile rape trial to be postponed, however Maiden’s made it clear ‘it is a matter earlier than the courts and … there’s a man who has pleaded not responsible’.
Lisa Wilkinson is pictured holding the Logie award she received final Sunday. Her speech on the awards induced a rape trial to be postponed
In June 2021, Maiden received an Our Watch award, final November she received a Kennedy award and in February she received the distinguished Gold Walkley.
She hadn’t anticipated to win and did not put together a speech, however was very cautious in talking off the cuff when her identify was referred to as out.
Maiden’s speech was a mannequin of what and, extra importantly, what to not say when accepting an award for story that resulted in a excessive profile courtroom case.
She stated she needed to say one thing ‘that everybody on this room is aware of, which is that it is a matter earlier than the courts and that there’s a man who has pleaded not responsible.
‘And as flawed and imperfect because the justice system is, I consider in it and I do not need to say something that may influence on that,’ she stated.
Maiden stated she was astonished on the influence the story of Ms Higgins’ alleged rape by Bruce Lehrmann – who has pleaded not responsible – had.
‘I nonetheless keep in mind her sitting in my lounge room and saying “Is anybody going to care about this story?”
‘Properly, I feel this award tonight tells you that folks did care,’ she stated.
Samantha Maiden is pictured giving a speech after she received the Gold Walkley award for her protection of Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations
‘So I am going to try to say one thing that may be a little much less emotional. I would wish to thank our legal professionals.’
This was adopted by an enormous roar of approval from the assembled journalists within the room. Maiden then thanked her bosses at Information, her household, buddies and colleagues.
‘There’s one different individual I would wish to thank … Brittany Higgins for trusting me to inform her story. I am so grateful,’ she stated.
Like Maiden, Wilkinson additionally thought she wouldn’t win the award she was nominated for, however ready a speech anyway.
Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with Brittany Higgins. The trial of Ms Higgins’ accused rapist has been delayed due to Wilkinson’s speech after successful a Logie award
Lisa Wilkinson is pictured on the Logie awards final weekend, the place she gave a controversial speech
‘I do not assume I’ll get it as a result of it’s managed by a rival community,’ she instructed Shane Drumgold, the ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on June 15.
The Challenge host was assembly the DPP to debate her proof at Lehrmann’s trial.
In his notes, Mr Drumgold recorded that ‘At conclusion Lisa was requested if she had any questions.’
She instructed him she was nominated for a Logie and skim the primary line of her speech however was stopped by the DPP who stated ‘We’re not speech editors.
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins (proper) is pictured on an aeroplane along with her companion David Sharaz
‘We’ve got no energy to approve or prohibit any public remark that’s the position of the courtroom.’
Mr Drumgold did, nevertheless, advise, that Lehrmann’s authorized crew ‘can reinstitute a keep software within the occasion of publicity’ associated to the speech.
The speech backfired spectacularly, with ACT Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Lucy McCallum delaying Lehrmann’s trial that was because of begin subsequent week.
On Thursday, the trial was rescheduled to begin on October 4. Justice McCallum stated she had ‘robbed Peter to pay Paul’ to make sure the trial would go forward this 12 months.
‘The publicity this week has centered sharply on the actual fact that was being neglected, that may be a man is dealing with trial for a critical offence, and that he’s entitled to the presumption of innocence,’ she stated.