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Why Lisa Wilkinson DIDN’T think she would give speech at Logies, but knew she was treading in danger

Four days before the Logies, Lisa Wilkinson was pretty sure she would never deliver her now infamous speech that resulted in a high-profile rape trial being indefinitely postponed.

“I don’t think I’ll get it because it’s run by a rival network,” she told Shane Drumgold, the ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on June 15.

The project’s host met with Mr Drumgold to discuss her evidence at the upcoming trial of Bruce Lehrmann, who has been accused of the alleged rape of former political staffer Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in Canberra.

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

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) was warned four days before the Logies that the speech she planned to give if she were to win could lead to dangerous territory

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) was warned four days before the Logies that the speech she planned to give if she were to win could lead to dangerous territory

In his notes from the meeting, Mr. Drumgold noted that “During the closing session, Lisa was asked if she had any questions.”

She told him she had been nominated for a Logie for her Channel 10 interview with Brittany Higgins, but didn’t think she would win as the awards were managed by Channel Nine.

Still, she didn’t completely rule out her chance at the prize. “I’ve prepared a speech just in case,” she told Mr. Drumgold.

Wilkinson then read the first line of her speech but was stopped by the DPP who said, “We are not editors.

“We have no authority to approve or prohibit public comments that are the role of the court.”

However, Mr Drumgold advised that Lehrmann’s legal team could “renew a suspension request in the event of publicity” regarding the speech.

Defense attorneys had filed a previous, unsuccessful application for a stay—essentially a stay of trial.

Wilkinson won the Logie, delivered her speech, and two days later the defense managed to find lodgings.

Chief Justice Lucy McCallum was scathing in her response to what Wilkinson did, saying the line between impeachment and finding guilt had been “completely erased” by her speech from Logies.

Lisa Wilkinson's (pictured left) Logies speech on Brittany Higgins (pictured right) led to the trial of the alleged rapist of Mrs Higgins being postponed indefinitely

Lisa Wilkinson’s (pictured left) Logies speech on Brittany Higgins (pictured right) led to the trial of the alleged rapist of Mrs Higgins being postponed indefinitely

Brittany Higgins (right) is pictured with her partner David Sharaz aboard a plane

Brittany Higgins (right) is pictured with her partner David Sharaz aboard a plane

Notwithstanding that clear and appropriate warning, Ms Wilkinson gave a speech after receiving the award in which she openly referred to and praised the complainant (Mrs Higgins) in the current trial.

“It is not surprising that the prize and the content of the speech have been the subject of further extensive commentary,” she said.

Justice McCallum said Ms Higgins’ case had “garnered a degree of media attention…which, while not unprecedented, is certainly extreme…

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.”

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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.

The trial of Lehrmann, which was due to start on Monday, has now been postponed indefinitely by Judge McCallum.

She’s waiting for what attorney Steve Whybrow called “unfavorable publicity (to) evict.”

No date has been set for the trial, but Justice McCallum said she wants it to be held this year, with a list in October likely to provide enough time for publicity to remain silent on the case.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine to request comment on Wilkinson’s belief that she would not win a Logie “because it is run by a rival network”.

Despite Wilkinson’s comments, the awards are presented by TV Week magazine, but Nine broadcasts the awards.

Lisa Wilkinson (right) is pictured with her husband, journalist and author Peter FitzSimons

Lisa Wilkinson (right) is pictured with her husband, journalist and author Peter FitzSimons

Despite Wilkinson’s fears that she would miss out on a Logie because Channel 9 runs the awards, she was far from the only winner who didn’t work for Nine.

Guy Pearce and Anna Torv won the most popular actor and actress awards for the ABC programs Jack Irish and The Newsreader respectively.

Another ABC personality, Tony Armstrong, won the most popular award for new talent.

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured at the Logie Awards on June 19, 2022. The winner's speech she gave led to a rape trial that was indefinitely postponed

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured at the Logie Awards on June 19, 2022. The winner’s speech she gave led to a rape trial that was indefinitely postponed

Channel Seven’s Home and Away won the drama award, while The Project, the show Wilkinson co-hosts from Channel 10, won the most popular panel or current affairs programme.

However, Channel Nine took home the top two awards, the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality and the Bert Newton Prize for Most Popular Presenter.

Both went to Hamish Blake for Lego Masters Australia.

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