/ 03 April 2024

A defamation decision gets delayed

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Less than 2 days before Federal Court Justice Michael Lee was due to make his ruling in former political staffer Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case against Network Ten/presenter Lisa Wilkinson, the case has been reopened. A last-minute hearing was held last night after Ten’s lawyers filed an emergency application over the weekend, citing new evidence from former Seven Network producer Taylor Auerbach. He worked on Lehrmann’s tell-all interview on Seven’s Spotlight program last year and claims Lehrmann leaked confidential text messages from Brittany Higgins obtained via subpoena during Lehrmann’s criminal trial. Ten’s lawyers say, if proven, that would be an “outrageous contempt of court”. Lehrmann has denied the leak and objected to reopening the case. But Justice Lee ruled in Ten’s favour – Auerbach will give evidence on Thursday, and a decision in the case will be delayed until next week.

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