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Ch 10 WAR over Lisa Wilkinson, ex-colleague slams ‘big head’, Sandra Sully ‘likes’ critical tweet

Longtime Channel 10 colleagues of Lisa Wilkinson have called in The Project’s presenter – one who unleashes her over her ‘big head’ – as the fallout of her now infamous Logies speech spills over onto the TV network.

Wilkinson’s victory speech over Brittany Higgins prompted ACT chief judge Lucy McCallum to postpone the trial of accused staff rapist Bruce Lehrmann for several months due to “grinding teeth.”

That led to former former Channel 10 weather host Tim Bailey tearing into the controversial broadcaster in a cheeky tweet last night, calling her a “big head” and telling her to pull her head in.

“Hey Lisa, pull your head in,” Bailey said in a now-deleted message. “I know this might be difficult because it’s a really big head. But please try.’ He added: ‘#LisaWilkinson #Logies2022 #carparkthief’.

Legendary Ten news anchor Sandra Sully also liked a tweet from show business reporter Peter Ford sharpening Wilkinson’s speech. The message read, “What a serious repercussion for Lisa Wilkinson…if only she’d kept to silly stories like the paparazzi who stalked her in Chapel St.”

Despite the uproar, there were signs that Wilkinson was denying the ramifications of her actions. If the courts don’t recognize the difference, they’re part of the problem.”

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday night, where she thanked Brittany Higgins for sharing her story of an alleged sexual assault

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday night, where she thanked Brittany Higgins for sharing her story of an alleged sexual assault

Former Channel 10 weather host Tim Bailey called Lisa Wilkinson a 'big head' in a now-deleted tweet

Former Channel 10 weather host Tim Bailey called Lisa Wilkinson a ‘big head’ in a now-deleted tweet

Tim Bailey is pictured on November 9, 2017 in Sydney.  In a now-deleted Twitter post, he told former Channel 10 colleague Lisa Wilkinson to 'pull you in'.

Tim Bailey is pictured on November 9, 2017 in Sydney. In a now-deleted Twitter post, he told former Channel 10 colleague Lisa Wilkinson to ‘pull you in’.

However, insiders of the troubled network say the staff is laying out battle lines internally over Wilkinson, with many openly expressing their frustration at her now infamous Sunday night speech.

Separately, Sunrise host Natalie Barr expressed her disbelief at Sunrise on Wednesday morning — saying that the Seven Network always airs stories from their lawyers before they air.

“You know, we have our own lawyers, we often consult them before putting out a story, would this have been the case where Channel 10’s lawyers should have stepped in and advocated this speech?”

Accused rapist of Higgins, Bruce Lehrmann, was given a temporary stay on the ACT Supreme Court Monday after his attorney said a jury trial would be “unsustainable” following the coverage of Wilkinson’s speech.

Chief Justice McCallum told the ACT Supreme Court that recent media publicity had compromised Lehrmann’s right to a fair trial.

“The case has received a lot of media attention… which, while not unprecedented, is certainly extreme,” she said on Tuesday.

Extensive media coverage of alleged criminal behavior is not in itself naughty.

“What’s a potential disaster is that the media reports about such cases in such a way… that it influences the criminal case.”

Justice McCallum says that while jurors can get directions to reduce bias, this case was different with Wilkinson as the key witness.

Natalie Barr (pictured left with her Sunrise colleague David Koch) tried Lisa Wilkinson and rival network Channel 10 Wednesday morning

Natalie Barr (pictured left with her Sunrise colleague David Koch) tried Lisa Wilkinson and rival network Channel 10 Wednesday morning

No date has been set for the trial, but the judge said she wants the trial to be held this year, with a list in October likely to allow enough time for the publicity to subside.

Earlier, Judge McCallum criticized Ms Wilkinson’s speech, saying the line between an impeachment and finding guilt had been “completely erased” by her speech from Logies.

Wilkinson won a Logie for her coverage of Mrs Higgins’ allegation that she had been raped in Parliament House.

Bruce Lehrmann, charged with unauthorized sexual intercourse, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Higgins.

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

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

“Your Honor, there was no need to make this speech,” said Lehrmann’s attorney Steve Whybrow.

Earlier on Tuesday, Whybrow launched the stay application after Wilkinson’s speech.

Mr Whybrow said a temporary stay – essentially a reprieve – was the only way to allow due process so that “adverse publicity can disappear”.

“It is unsustainable in my opinion to hold a trial under these circumstances at the moment,” he said.

Judge McCallum criticized the media for reporting Wilkinson’s speech.

“What worries me most about this recent round is that the distinction between an accusation and an admission of guilt has been completely erased…on Sunday and Monday,” she said.

“The implicit premise of (Wilkinson’s speech) is to celebrate the truth of the story she uncovered.”

She added that in the minds of the public, Ms Higgins’ allegation had been pooled with the work of former Australian of the year Grace Tame, despite a man having been convicted in Ms Tame’s case.

“Grace Tame spoke about her experience after the man was convicted and served a prison term,” Judge McCallum said.

Bruce Lehrmann (pictured) is accused of having sexual intercourse without consent.  He pleaded not guilty to assaulting Brittany Higgins in the parliament building in Canberra.

Bruce Lehrmann (pictured) is accused of having sexual intercourse without consent. He pleaded not guilty to assaulting Brittany Higgins in the parliament building in Canberra.

Tame’s major contribution to the legal landscape has been to say ‘the jury knows what he did, the public knows what he did, but I can’t talk about it because of the law that forbids me to go public myself. to go’.

“Miss Higgins is treated as if she were in the same category. And she isn’t,” the judge said.

“Right now, she’s not in that category. That’s what really bothers me about the last lap.’

The Crown had opposed the temporary suspension, arguing that the application did not outline a sufficiently high risk to the jury that could not be overcome by court orders.

Former political staffer Brittany Higgins (photo front) addresses media as she leaves Commonwealth parliamentary offices after meeting then Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Friday 30 April 2021

Former political staffer Brittany Higgins (photo front) addresses media as she leaves Commonwealth parliamentary offices after meeting then Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Friday 30 April 2021

“The test that is most appropriate … is a real and substantial risk that, despite attempts by the trial judge, there will be jurors who may not have been aware of guilt and cannot be remedied” ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold said. the court.

“We accept that there is a significant change, but the application limited to what it is limited to will not give rise to a temporary stay.”

The Supreme Court was told Wilkinson would be called as a witness at the trial.

On Monday, Mr Drumgold said Logies’ speech was a ‘burp’ of emotion, pointing out that Ms Wilkinson had said similar things before.

Judge McCallum said, in summary, Ms Wilkinson’s speech amounted to: ‘Not only do I believe her, but she is brave and extraordinary and she is the most important thing that ever happened to me and I am proud to put forward her claim. . †

Justice Lucy McCallum said the public has confused the case of Brittany Higgins (right) with the work of former Australian of the year Grace Tame (left), despite a man being convicted in Mrs Tame's case.

Justice Lucy McCallum said the public has confused the case of Brittany Higgins (right) with the work of former Australian of the year Grace Tame (left), despite a man being convicted in Mrs Tame’s case.

“We know that the suspect gave a taped interview in which he denies that any sexual acts took place,” she said.

An earlier request for suspension was rejected by Judge McCallum in April, when she said she was not convinced the evidence given to the jury could not allay concerns about bias against Lehrmann.

Mr Drumgold argued that the second request was a ‘re-agitation of that order’.

The case was initially scheduled to start on June 6, but was adjourned to June 27 after Lehrmann’s lawyer withdrew days before the trial.

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