Outgoing senator Linda Reynolds vows to proceed with defamation case despite Lehrmann judgement

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Senator Linda Reynolds has vowed to proceed with her civil case against Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz despite Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation loss.
Senator Linda Reynolds has vowed to proceed with her civil case against Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz despite Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation loss. Credit: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Senator Linda Reynolds has vowed to proceed with her civil case against Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz despite Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation loss.

In a landmark judgment on Monday afternoon, Justice Michael Lee found that Lehrmann raped his former colleague Brittany Higgins as he dismissed the former political staffer’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Network Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson.

The judge also said Higgins and Sharaz had pushed a narrative of a political cover-up to the media in 2021, which he found no evidence of.

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David Sharaz and Brittany Higgins
The judge also said Higgins and Sharaz had pushed a narrative of a political cover-up to the media in 2021, which he found no evidence of. Credit: Richard Wainwright/AAP

Ms Reynolds said it “would be an understatement” to say she was pleased with the findings.

“For three years, I have endured intense public scrutiny, vilification, vile trolling and have been demonised as the villain in a story of a political cover-up I have always known to be untrue,” Reynolds told media.

She said she and her former chief of staff, Fiona Brown, “had our reputations destroyed and have had our health seriously and irreparably compromised.”

The outgoing Senator brought the defamation lawsuit against her former staffer and fiance over social media posts she claims defamed her.

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