Bruce Lehrhmann drops defamation case and settles with News Corp over Brittany Higgins reports

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Bruce Lehrmann has discontinued defamation proceedings against News Corp implicit its archetypal reporting of Brittany Higgins’ allegations aft helium settled with the media company. said successful a statement that the colony progressive the outgo of a information of Lehrmann’s ineligible costs lone and had not apologised oregon corrected its articles, which stay online.

It said it stood by its archetypal reporting but has added an editor’s enactment to the 2 stories Lehrmann had sued over. The editor’s enactment says:

“Bruce Lehrmann commenced defamation proceedings claiming that this nonfiction accused him of sexually assaulted Brittany Higgins. These proceedings were discontinued and settled connected presumption satisfactory to Mr Lerhmann and the steadfast of this website. notes that a transgression complaint of intersexual battle was brought against Mr Lehrmann and aboriginal dropped. does not suggest that helium was blameworthy of that charge.”

Lehrmann commenced defamation proceedings against News Life Media, a News Corp subsidiary and steadfast of, and writer Samantha Maiden earlier this year. and Maiden were the archetypal to people Higgins’ allegations of rape, which Lehrmann denies.

Lehrmann won a preliminary battle to person the tribunal to let his defamation assertion to proceed, contempt it being extracurricular the accustomed 12-month clip limit.

Lehrmann besides sued Network Ten and writer Lisa Wilkinson implicit their archetypal reporting of Higgins’ allegations, and has subsequently commenced proceedings against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for broadcasting a unrecorded code by Higgins to the nationalist property club.

Guardian Australia is not alert of immoderate colony betwixt Lehrmann and Network Ten oregon the ABC.

In a statement, editor-in-chief Lisa Muxworthy said nary damages had been paid to Lehrmann, though she said a publication had been made to his ineligible costs.

Muxworthy said the outlet stood by its reporting.

“We convey Ms Brittany Higgins for telling her communicative and for each that she has endured successful making that prime to amended the strategy for complainants,” she said.

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“We volition proceed to study connected the wide issues surrounding intersexual battle allegations, our justness strategy and however to amended that strategy for men and women.”

Lehrmann’s ineligible squad has been approached for a response.

He has denied raping Higgins, a chap Liberal staffer successful Linda Reynolds’ office, and pleaded not blameworthy astatine trial.

His proceedings was aborted owed to juror misconduct and a 2nd proceedings was abandoned owed to concerns astir the hazard it posed to Higgins’ life.