Bruce Lehrmann defamation trial: Lisa Wilkinson had ‘no decision-making power as to final content of the broadcast’, lawyer claims

Lisa Wilkinson and Sue Chrysanthou SC outside the federal court of Australa in Sydney on Thursday. Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehmann has sued Wilkinson and Network Ten for defamation over Brittany Higgins’ interview on The Project. Chrysanthou is now presenting her submissions on Wilkinson’s liability, which she says is different to Ten’s. The barrister was hired by Wilkinson to represent her interests separately. She said Wilkinson was the first person Higgins and her fiance, David Sharaz , contacted at Ten but after that she had little knowledge of the communications about the program. “I think about 80 to 90% of the material she’s not copied into,” Chrysanthou said. “… on the most part, her suggestions were not taken up by the producers. So she had no decision-making power as to the final content of the broadcast. And in fact, the documents show that the script was being amended past 5 or 6pm. “And she had nothing to do with that, not copied into those emails.” Lisa Wilkinson and Sue Chrysanthou SC. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Updated at 00.03 EST 18m ago00.41 EST Lehrmann’s denial any sex took place made case ‘so much more antagonistic’, Wilkinson’s lawyer says Chrysanthou has said the way Lehrmann chose to approach Brittany Higgins’ allegations by “denying sex” occurred made the case “so much more antagonistic”. She said disputes about sexual assault “occur a lot, particularly amongst young people and particularly where drugs and alcohol are involved”. “There’s a certain level of understanding by some people, at least, that can happen, and there can be two innocent parties in that circumstance, depending on each other’s state of mind,” Chrysanthou has told the court. “But the way that Mr Lehrmann chose to approach it, by denying sex, made it so much more antagonistic. “But also from the […]

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