Karl Stefanovic has fired on Anthony Albanese after the rise of ‘pretty damning’ texts between Brittany Higgins and her fiancé appear to reveal their plan to enlist Labor heavyweights to fight their cause.
The Prime Minister, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher have all vehemently denied working with Ms Higgins while in opposition to ‘arm’ the allegations and harm Scott Morrison’s coalition government.
But leaked text messages between Ms Higgins and her boyfriend David Sharaz reveal the pair conspired to enlist the help of key political figures and ‘favored’ reporters to push the line that her allegations had been ‘covered up’ by the government . The Australian reported.
New leaked text messages between Brittany Higgins and her fiancé David Sharaz (pictured together) appear to suggest that Anthony Albanese and other Labor heavyweights were in ‘direct contact’ with the pair as part of a plot to publicize her alleged assault in Parliament. to make
The reports indicate that Sharaz arranged a meeting with Ms Higgins and Mr Albanese, the leader of the opposition at the time.
In the messages, Ms Higgins called Mr Morrison a ‘c***’ and promised he would be ‘f***ed’.
Now Stefanovic has pressured the prime minister over the text messages, which he says “seem pretty damning.”
The Today presenter, who later described the situation as ‘very messy’, asked Independent MP Dai Le if Mr Albanese was being ‘open’.
She replied, “I don’t think he’s clear and they obviously argued a lot for this case.
Independent MP Dai Le (pictured) told Today presenter Karl Stefanovic she didn’t think Anthony Albanese was clear about the leaked text messages, saying ‘someone has to answer for it’
“I think if there’s political involvement, it’s politicized, it’s weaponized and we’re distracted from what the problem is.
“But… if they used this to arm the other side, someone has to answer for it.”
Stefanovic asked Ms. Le if she would like to see more “accountability and openness” about the taxpayer-funded payout Ms. Higgins received, believed to be in the neighborhood of $3 million.
“Absolutely,” Ms. Le replied, before adding that most things take a long time to get approved by the government, so it was unusual that such a large payment could apparently be approved so quickly.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) has vehemently denied colluding with Ms Higgins while in opposition to ‘weaponize’ the allegations and harm Scott Morrison’s coalition government
“You might wonder how come it happened so quickly in this case when everything else is so slow (on approval),” Ms. Le said.
Senator Linda Reynolds has indicated she plans to file the settlement with the new federal anti-corruption commission, saying the speed of the process raises concerns about “fairness.”
Former Liberal Party staffer Ms. Higgins alleges that Bruce Lehrmann sexually assaulted her in the office of Senator Reynolds of the Liberal Party in the early hours of March 23, 2019. Mr Lehrmann strongly denies the accusation.
On April 16, 2021, two months after Ms Higgins’s allegations were made public, Mr Sharaz texted Ms Higgins saying: ‘So Albo gave me his number – he just came in to do the breakfast show – saying that if you meet Scomo at let him know and he will fly to Canberra to be there if you want to meet him too.’
Mrs Higgins replied, ‘Certainly. I have no problem meeting Albo.”
Just six days later, Mr. Sharaz wrote, “Friday 9am with Albo locked up at CPO. Details to follow… Tanya [Plibersek] at.’
When asked if Ms Higgins approached him to help her case, Mr Albanese simply said ‘no’ on Tuesday. Ms. Plibersek has also rejected the claims.
It is clear that Ms Higgins was furious with the then Prime Minister, Mr Morrison, after hearing whispers that his office had ‘background’ against her.
“He’s about to get screwed. Wait a second. We got him,” she wrote to Mr. Sharaz on March 26, 2021.
Mr Sharaz also made critical remarks about Mr Morrison.
“I still hate the c…” he wrote.
Senator Reynolds (pictured with Scott Morrison in 2019) said she plans to report the settlement to the new federal anti-corruption commission, saying the speed of the process raises concerns about “fairness.”
The wealth of lyrics sheds light on their plans to “feed” Senator Gallagher information so she could ask questions at a hearing about the administration’s handling of the case and about alleged cover-ups.
The development comes after Mr Sharaz was found to have dropped Senator Gallagher in an audio clip revealed by Daily Mail Australia.
Just two weeks before the sexual assault allegation aired on The Project in February 2021, Mr Sharaz asked presenter Lisa Wilkinson if she knew of any ‘friendly MPs’ who could put questions to the then Liberal government during question time.
“Oh, sure Albo,” Mrs. Wilkinson replied, adding, “Tanya Plibersek, sure.”
Mr Sharaz told Ms Wilkinson and network producer Angus Llewellyn: ‘I have a friend in Labor, Katy Gallagher on the Labor side, who will look into it and take it forward.
“So sit for a week, the story gets out, they have to answer questions during question time, it’s a mess for them.”
Ms Gallagher has vehemently denied having any knowledge of the allegation against Mr Lehrmann before it was made public or that she was asking questions on behalf of the couple.
The Labor heavyweight has also denied playing any part in giving the go-ahead to the estimated $3 million payout to Ms Higgins, which was signed by the government in December last year.
On Sunday evening, in an exclusive interview with Bruce Lehrmann, the Seven Network broadcast never-before-seen security footage of Parliament House from the night of the alleged attack (pictured)
CCTV footage showed the two entering Parliament House at 1:47am and being escorted to the lift (pictured)
Senator Reynolds said on Wednesday she plans to file the settlement with the new federal anti-corruption commission, saying the speed of the process raises concerns about “fairness.”
Four days before Ms Higgins’ allegations became public, Mr Sharaz wrote how Senator Gallagher was “really invested” in the saga.
“Katy Gallagher messaged me. She is angry and wants to help. She has the context. They say they knew something was wrong because they fired Bruce and not you. They avoided a scandal,” he wrote to Mrs Higgins.
‘I gave her [The Project] interview for context. I hope that’s ok? She does nothing with it. But I’m also happy to go out and let her talk to you if you want. Actually, I wanted her to understand all the context because it’s so complicated.’
Mrs. Higgins replied, “That’s fine. It will all become public pretty soon haha.’
The Senator Gallagher trial continued on March 18, 2021, with the couple growing increasingly concerned about the Prime Minister’s background.
“You might as well give everything you’ve got to Katy,” Ms Higgins told Mr Sharaz on March 18.
“The sooner we can nip it in the bud, the better. Especially if we can call them by name,” Ms. Higgins wrote, hoping the senator could raise the issue in the Senate.
Mr. Sharaz replied: I texted Katy and SHY (Green Senator Sarah Hanson Young).
The couple also spoke of calling journalists and media figures to their cause after reaching out to Mr Morrison’s chief of staff, John Kunkel, whom they accused of background charges against them.
“Should we ask Katy Gallagher for advice on kunkel? She is politically quite ferocious haha,” Mr Sharaz wrote to Ms Higgins on 5 May 2021.
He then suggests giving the media a “drop” of information before Mrs. Higgins says, “He’ll just deny confirming anything.” These meetings are more in their interest than ours. I’ll tell Tanya and ask her advice.’
Mr Lehrmann pleaded not guilty to the rape of Ms Higgins at his criminal trial last October.
However, the case was dropped after a juror brought unauthorized material into the jury room.
A second trial was set to go ahead in February, but Shane Drumgold, ACT’s director of public prosecutors, dropped the case because of the “significant and unacceptable” risk to Ms Higgins’ mental health.
The handling of the case by the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Public Prosecutions is now being reviewed by an independent inquiry.