Old Lisa Wilkinson tweet proves she knew not to speak publicly about Brittany Higgins rape case
Read the old Lisa Wilkinson tweet PROVING that she was well aware that talking about Brittany Higgins in public could have serious ‘consequences’ – before Logies’ disastrous speech
- Trial against rapist Brittany Higgins has been postponed after Logies speech
- Wilkinson urged users not to talk about the matter last August
- Bruce Lehrmann pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Higgins in Canberra
- Ms Wilkinson thanked Ms Higgins in Logies’ speech for sharing her story
An old tweet from Lisa Wilkinson proves she was aware that talking about Brittany Higgins’ rape case could have “serious consequences” for the trial.
Ms Higgins’ accused rapist, Bruce Lehrmann, was given a temporary stay on the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday after his attorney said a jury trial would be “unsustainable” following Ms. Wilkinson’s speech.
A tweet resurfacing since last August shows The Project host asking social media users not to discuss the allegations.
“I beg everyone to respect what’s going on here,” she wrote.
“Name the man on social media and make a judgment could have serious consequences for the outcome of any trial.”
Ms Higgins’ accused rapist, Bruce Lehrmann, was given a temporary stay on the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday after his attorney said a jury trial would be “unsustainable” following Lisa Wilkinson’s speech at Logies.
An old tweet from Lisa Wilkinson proves she was aware that talking about Brittany Higgins’ rape case could lead to ‘serious consequences’ for the trial
Lehrmann pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Higgins in an office in the parliament building in 2019 and was set to face trial next Monday.
But after Ms Wilkinson accepted her award and delivered her now infamous speech, ACT chief judge Lucy McCallum agreed with gritted teeth to delay the trial for several months.
Justice McCallum told the 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.
Mrs. Wilkinson is pictured with Mrs. Higgins. Wilkinson won a Logie for her coverage of Mrs Higgins’ allegation that she had been raped in Parliament House
“What’s a potential disaster is that the media reports about such cases in such a way… that it influences the criminal case.”
No date has been set for the trial, but the judge said she wants it to be held this year, with a list in October likely to allow enough time for the publicity to subside.
Judge McCallum criticized Wilkinson’s speech, saying the line between impeachment and finding guilt has been “completely erased” by what she said.
Wilkinson won a Logie for her coverage of Mrs Higgins’ allegation that she had been raped in Parliament House.
“Your Honor, there was no need to make this speech,” said Lehrmann’s attorney Steve Whybrow.
Mr Whybrow launched the residence application on Tuesday after Wilkinson’s speech.
He 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.
The Supreme Court was told Wilkinson would be called as a witness at the trial.
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.