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The Lisa Wilkinson ‘apology’ letter over the Brittany Higgins Logies trial debacle is exposed

Channel Ten’s apology letter to a judge over Lisa Wilkinson’s ill-fated Logies speech may be revealed for the first time – while the network insists the star didn’t “understand” that she had been warned about the fallout from her televised speech.

The veteran journalist came under fire last year for thanking Ms Higgins in her acceptance speech for the Outstanding News Coverage Logie award, which she received for her one-on-one interview with the former ministerial staffer.

Her speech was broadcast nationally and forced the trial of Bruce Lehrmann to be postponed in the ACT Supreme Court from June to October, with defense attorneys arguing it could prejudice a jury.

At a hearing to discuss the possible ramifications of the speech on June 21, Chief Justice Lucy McCallum told the court that Ms Wilkinson sought guidance on whether the speech was appropriate during a meeting with ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold, the week before.

The chief justice said Wilkinson went ahead with her plans for the speech despite Mr Drumgold’s warning.

However, Daily Mail Australia has exclusively obtained the carefully worded letter of apology sent to Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers, the DPP and Chief Justice McCallum on behalf of Channel 10 and Wilkinson the following day, 22 June.

Lisa Wilkinson came under fire in June for thanking Brittany Higgins in her acceptance speech for the Outstanding News Coverage Logie award (pictured on the Logies)

1675697883 823 The Lisa Wilkinson Apology Letter Over The Brittany Higgins Logies

Pictured: A letter of apology sent to Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers, the DPP and Chief Justice McCallum on behalf of Channel 10 and Ms Wilkinson

In the letter, Channel 10’s executive vice president, Beverley McGarvey, claimed that neither the network’s senior legal counsel nor Ms Wilkinson realized they had been warned about the pre-Logies meeting speech with Mr Drumgold.

“Neither Ms. Wilkinson nor the Network Ten Senior Legal Counsel who attended the conference with the DPP on June 15, 2022 understood that they had been warned that Ms. Wilkinson’s acceptance speech at the Logie Awards could lead to a request to the court to vacate the trial date,” the letter read.

“Had they understood that a specific warning had been given, Mrs. Wilkinson would not have made that speech.”

“We deeply regret that the process had to be stopped.

“We did not anticipate the volume and damaging nature of the media and social media commentary that followed Ms. Wilkinson’s acceptance speech.

We apologize for this and will take steps to ensure that such matters are taken into account in the future.

Ms McGarvey said she directed all future comments on the case by the network to be ‘strictly limited to general news coverage of the proceedings as they are conducted in open court’.

In the wake of that memo, programs Wilkinson, The Project and Channel 10 declined to comment on the case, except to provide brief news updates. Wilkinson was reportedly barred from speaking about the matter on the air, whatever.

Lisa Wilkinson (Right) Won The Award For Her One-On-One Interview With Brittany Higgins (Left)

Wilkinson And Her Senior Counsel Failed To

Lisa Wilkinson (right) doesn’t get an award for her one-on-one interview with Brittany Higgins (left)

The Trial Of Bruce Lehrmann (Pictured Outside Court) Has Been Derailed By Juror Misconduct

The trial of Bruce Lehrmann (pictured outside court) has been derailed by juror misconduct

Chief Justice McCallum postponed the trial for a month “unfortunately and with gritted teeth.” Finally it went through in October, but was sensationally cut short for misconduct by a member of the jury.

It was then moved to February 2023. However, Mr Drumgold dropped the case altogether in November due to concerns over Ms Higgins’ mental health. Later that month, Wilkinson stepped down as host of The Project.

Ms Higgins had alleged that Mr Lehrmann, her former colleague, raped her in Parliament House in 2019 after a night out in Canberra. He had pleaded not guilty and has always maintained his innocence.

Mr Lehrmann moved to Tasmania late last year to pick grapes at a winery, while Ms Higgins has plans to study at the University of Sydney, and got engaged to her partner, David Sharaz.

Mrs Wilkinson And Her Husband Peter Fitzsimons And Cannibalize Their Annual 'Independence Day' Celebration After A Tumultuous 2022

Mrs Wilkinson and her husband Peter FitzSimons and cannibalize their annual ‘Independence Day’ celebration after a tumultuous 2022

Meanwhile, reports emerged on Monday claiming that Wilkinson and husband Peter FitzSimons were canning their star-studded “Independence Day” party after enduring the “worst year of their lives” in 2022.

The high-profile couple’s annual barbecue at their harborside mansion was one of the most anticipated events of the year for Sydney’s A-list, with high-profile guests from prime ministers and television stars to chefs, comedians and journalists.

The outspoken Republicans rebranded the famous Australia Day bash as an ‘Independence Day’ party in 2020, but the shindig was suspended in 2021 due to the pandemic. The event returned last year, but was postponed to February 26.

However, the pair won’t be hosting a bash in 2023 after a year from hell, with friends speculating whether it’s canned for good. An unnamed friend said the couple felt “bruised” after a tumultuous year in the spotlight.

Daily Mail Australia approached Paramount ANZ, the parent company of Channel 10, for comment on the leaked letter.

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