Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyers refer Brittany Higgins to AFP over statement after mistrial

A statement released by Brittany Higgins outside a Canberra courtroom was handed over to the Australian Federal Police and the ACT Supreme Court.

It comes when the jury in the Bruce Lehrmann case was removed from office and the trial was stopped for juror misconduct.

Mr. Lehrmann, 27, pleaded not guilty to having sex with Ms. Higgins without her consent and being reckless with her consent in Parliament in the early hours of March 23, 2019.

After 12 days of trials and five days of deliberations, Chief Justice Lucy McCallum told the court Thursday that an academic paper on false sexual assault allegations was found among a juror’s belongings.

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Camera iconBrittany Higgins was in tears after the failed trial. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr. Lehrmann walked out of court soon after. Attorney Steve Whybrow told reporters that while he was “disappointed” he would not comment.

Ms. Higgins later left the courthouse surrounded by her family and supporters with tears in her eyes.

“I chose to speak… I told the truth. It doesn’t matter how uncomfortable or unflattering the courtship is, ”she told reporters.

A few hours later, Mr. Whybrow replied on behalf of Mr. Lehrmann.

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Camera iconBruce Lehrmann with defense attorney Steve Whybrow. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

“Despite His Honor’s warning, the actor proceeded with what appears to have been a prepared speech to the media outside the courtroom,” he said.

“We have brought these comments to the attention of the court and the Australian Federal Police, and it is not appropriate for Mr. Lehrmann or his lawyers to comment on whether the complainant’s statements could constitute contempt. in court or offenses against the ACT Criminal Code.

“Neither Mr. Lehrmann nor his lawyers will comment further on this matter at this time.”

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