Bruce Lehrmann losing his suppression order protection last Thursday (26/10/23) and being outed as the “high profile” alleged Toowoomba rapist will have a huge impact on his defamation cases against Channel 10, Lisa Wilkinson and the ABC.
Reports are that Bruce Lehrmann used cocaine on the night of the alleged rape in Toowoomba and his cocaine use with his lawyer was raised in March at his defamation case so it will likely be raised at the defamation hearing which starts at the end of November.
I mention the cocaine use because it is one of the many landmines now facing Bruce Lehrmann after being outed as the alleged Toowoomba rapist. The barristers representing Channel 10, Lisa Wilkinson and the ABC have been handed an early Christmas present.
Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation barrister will argue that the alleged Toowoomba rape evidence is inadmissible for the defamation case, but I don’t agree and I am sure it will be tested by the barristers representing Channel 10, Lisa Wilkinson and the ABC.
Bruce Lehrmann could always refuse to answer questions on the grounds of self-incrimination at the defamation trial the same as some witnesses did in Ben Roberts-Smiths defamation case.
I published a video on the 23rd of March 2023 titled “Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer fails to give evidence in court. Did Bruce & his lawyer go on a Coke binge?” as per below:
I published the below video on Friday the 27th of October titled “Bruce Lehrmann now under pressure to drop his defamation cases against 10, Lisa Wilkinson & the ABC” where I discuss other reasons why Bruce Lehrmann should drop his defamation case.
Bruce Lehrmann is suing Channel 10, Lisa Wilkinson and the ABC saying they broadcast false claims that he raped Brittany Higgins in 2019 at Parliament House. Channel 10 and Lisa Wilkinson are using the truth defence and will try and make the case that on the balance of probabilities Bruce Lehrmann did rape Brittany Higgins.
The defamation case is in effect a rape trial, but Channel 10 and Lisa Wilkinson only have to prove it happened on the balance of probabilities instead of beyond a reasonable doubt which is what is required at a criminal trial.
The defamation case is set down for hearing at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney from the 24th of November to the 15th of December and everyday Bruce Lehrmann goes to court there will be journalists outside the court asking him questions about the alleged Toowoomba rape as well as the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins.
My guess was that Bruce Lehrmann would have pulled the pin on the defamation case this week, for the reasons outlined above and in the videos, and file a Notice of Discontinuance.
But at this stage Bruce Lehrmann is moving forward with the defamation trial and if he does go through with the trial, it is probably because he feels he hasn’t got anything to lose.
I’ll keep following up.
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