Days earlier than Brittany Higgins met with Lisa Wilkinson for the primary time in a Sydney lodge room in early 2021, her fiance had mentioned the previous Liberal staffer was “scared” by his makes an attempt to get media concerned in telling her story, based on paperwork launched by the courtroom.
In his preliminary e-mail pitch to Ms Wilkinson in January 2021, David Sharaz mentioned he had a “delicate story” to share about an alleged sexual assault and he was requested to “get the story informed”.
Days later, on January 27, the couple met with Ms Wilkinson and The Mission producer Angus Llewellyn at a Sydney lodge for an off-the-cuff assembly.
Emails between Mr Sharaz and Ms Wilkinson within the lead as much as the assembly had been launched on Friday morning by the Federal Court docket as a part of Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation trial towards Community 10 and the tv presenter.
Mr Lehrmann argues Ms Wilkinson’s interview with Ms Higgins in February 2021, the place he was not named because the alleged attacker, defamed him.
He has denied sexually assaulting Ms Higgins, arguing that after getting into Senator Linda Reynolds’ workplace within the early hours of March 23, 2019, she turned proper and he turned left.
Within the emails launched on Friday, Mr Sharaz informed the journalist he had scared Ms Higgins because the media protection started “taking off in a short time”.
“Naively, I didn’t even take into consideration the truth that she is going to really feel like she’s a passenger in one thing. The consent was taken within the preliminary assault, I want her to really feel accountable for this,” he wrote.
“My position transferring ahead is to be a supportive companion for a lady I like and care about deeply.”
Ms Wilkinson responded in settlement with Mr Sharaz, saying it was essential Ms Higgins remained the driving force of the story.
She wrote: “Too many others have been accountable for all that’s occurred to her thus far. She is sensible to wish to change that.”
Mr Sharaz thanked Ms Wilkinson for her understanding because it had helped “ease her nerves”.
He admitted he “didn’t know what love was” till assembly Ms Higgins.
“I’m extremely protecting of her,” he wrote.
“I can’t thanks sufficient for the best way you’ve dealt with this, and the extent of respect you’ve proven her,” he mentioned.
The emails got here after a telephone dialog with Ms Wilkinson, which happened simply sooner or later after reaching out to her by way of e-mail.
Within the preliminary pitch, he compliments her for her “journalistic integrity and sensitivity” round such points.
After a fast response from Ms Wilkinson, Mr Sharaz follows up the subsequent day once more asking once more to talk on the telephone.
“Our plan is a March publication with hopefully an interview with you finished the day earlier than so Brittany can then go away Canberra and be along with her dad in QLD,” he explains.
“Brittany is aware of this may blow up her life, she’s fearful of the (Liberal) occasion, however she desires to ensure no different lady is assaulted inside Parliament Home.
“It’s the one cause she’s talking, and it’s driving her.”
The mammoth Federal Court docket defamation case spanned greater than 5 weeks on the finish of final 12 months, listening to from Mr Lehrmann, Ms Higgins and Ms Wilkinson.
Mr Sharaz didn’t give proof.
Justice Michael Lee has reserved his judgment, with the events anticipated to return to courtroom this month for additional submissions.
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