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Judge finds Bruce Lehrmann guilty of rape, defamation case fails

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024, 6:15pm
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Judge finds Bruce Lehrmann guilty of rape, defamation case fails

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Apr 2024, 6:15pm

Over in Australia, a judge has made a civil court ruling that it's likely former political staffer Bruce Lehrmann raped colleague Brittany Higgins.

He'd taken a multi-million dollar defamation case over Network Ten's reporting of Higgins' allegations in 2021.

Australian correspondent Oliver Peterson says the judge has described Lehrmann as having escaped the lion's den - but making the grave mistake of coming back for his hat.

"In other words, he was not convicted of rape at the criminal trial due to jury misconduct and a mistrial, but in suing for defamation- he was found, on balance, to be a rapist."

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