Brittany Higgins’ boyfriend reveals her condition in hospital – as he launches a scathing Twitter attack on her ex-boss who caused controversy during the trial amid $3million compo lawsuit
- Brittany Higgins’ lover David Sharaz launches scathing spray at Linda Reynolds
- Accused former defence minister of ‘leaking privileged information’ to press
- Revealed on Sunday that Ms Higgins will launch civil claim against Ms Reynolds
- Also sueing ex-federal minister Michaelia Cash and the Commonwealth for $3m
- Seeking compensation for lost and future earnings and at-home support
Pictured: Brittany Higgins with her boyfriend David Sharaz
Brittany Higgins is in a ‘fragile’ condition in a psychiatric clinic, her boyfriend says – as he slams her old boss Linda Reynolds, claiming she has ‘leaked’ information about a $3million lawsuit against her to the media.
Ms Higgins’ legal team is preparing to launch civil court proceedings against the Commonwealth, Ms Reynolds, and former federal minister Michaelia Cash after an alleged sexual assault case she was a complainant in was abandoned.
Her lawyers have sent documents to all parties setting out an intention to sue for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, negligence, and victimisation.
Ms Higgins, 28, had alleged Lehrmann, 27, sexually assaulted her inside Canberra’s Parliament House in March 2019. He had pleaded not guilty and denied any sexual interaction with Ms Higgins.
The first case was dropped in October following a three-and-a-half-week trial because a member of the jury brought banned research material into the ACT Supreme Court.
A new trial was scheduled for February 20, but on Friday the ACT’s public prosecutor Shane Drumgold announced he would drop the case altogether due to Ms Higgins’ mental health.
The civil case, which will begin with mediation talks between the parties in Canberra on December 13, was revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday afternoon.
Hours later, Ms Higgins’ boyfriend David Sharaz unleashed a scathing Twitter spray at Ms Reynolds, slamming her as a ‘bully’ and accusing her of alerting the media to the civil matter without permission from the alleged victim or her lawyers.
Brittany Higgins is seen leaving the ACT Supreme Court with her boyfriend David Sharaz
Ms Higgins was working for Senator Reynolds at the time of the alleged incident, before she left to take a position with Senator Cash.
Both gave evidence during the trial in the ACT Supreme Court against alleged rapist Bruce Lehrmann in October.
Mr Sharaz tweeted: ‘First Linda sent her husband in to watch a victim’s cross-examination and was texting the defence team tips.’
‘Now she’s leaking privileged information to the paper while Britt’s fragile in a clinic.’
‘When will the bullying end @lindareynoldswa?’
Mr Sharaz referred to the moment during the trial in October when it was revealed Ms Reynolds’ partner was sitting in the back of the courtroom while Ms Higgins gave evidence.
Ms Reynolds was a witness for the prosecution and was not allowed to sit in court before she gave evidence. She insisted her partner did not tell her what was said in court.
She then admitted to texting Lehrmann’s lawyer Steven Whybrow during Ms Higgins’ cross-examination. It is not suggested that her partner told her what was said in court.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Reynolds for comment.
Ms Higgins will sue the Commonwealth and her two former bosses, Senators Linda Reynolds (right) and Michaelia Cash (left)
Bruce Lehrmann arrives at the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra, Thursday, October 27 during the rape trial
Moments after Mr Drumgold announced he would abandon the case, Ms Higgins’ close friend Emma Webster revealed she was in hospital ‘getting the treatment and support she needs’.
In his tweet on Sunday, Mr Sharaz revealed she was still in a clinic getting treatment.
Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers has indicated it’s pressing ahead with the compensation claim for Ms Higgins.
The Canberra-based firm has sent documents to both of their client’s former bosses and the Commonwealth setting out an intention to sue for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, negligence, and victimisation.
It includes $2.5 million for future economic loss, up to $100,000 for past economic loss $100,000 for general damages, $20,0000 for future assistance with domestic duties and $150,000 for past and future out-of-pocket expenses.
Senator Reynolds confirmed she was advised by Ms Higgins’ lawyers on Friday about their intentions to progress the claim, The Age reported.
Brittany Higgins’ partner David Sharaz (pictured together) slammed the former Defence Minister for allegedly revealing the information about civil proceedings
‘I confirm that I was advised in March this year by Blumers law firm, who act for Brittany Higgins, of a civil claim by Ms Higgins against me and other parties,’ Ms Reynolds said.
‘However, proceedings have yet to be filed. Blumers advised me on Friday that their client intends to progress the civil claim this month.’
An official claim is yet to be filed as the involved parties prepare to enter into mediation talks on December 13.
Sources who have seen the legal document claim Ms Higgins will seek compensation for lost earnings, future earnings and at-home support.
Sources close to Reynolds said she agreed to a time extension that would expire on Tuesday, which means Higgins’ lawyers would need to file their case in court by then.
It is understood Noor Blumer, a founding partner of Blumers Lawyers has been quietly negotiating the claim since February.
She has declined to comment on the matter or any mediation talks.
Ms Higgins’ lawyer Leon Zwier, who supported her during the criminal case in Canberra, is aware of the claim.