Brittany Higgins is seeking millions in damages after Bruce Lehrman’s rape trial was dropped

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins is reportedly seeking millions in damages after the trial of her alleged rapist was dropped.

Lawyers working for Higgins will hold talks with the federal government, claiming that she has been unable to work since her IPO.

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The claim, which could total up to $3 million, is believed to include future and past economic losses, general damages, and past and future expenses, News Corp reports.

Former Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds has been made aware of the intended compensation claim.

Blumer’s lawyers, representing Higgins in the lawsuit, told they would not comment on the “confidential matter”.

ACT’s chief prosecutor, Shame Drumgold, announced last week that the charges against Higgins’ accused attacker Bruce Lehrmann would be dropped over concerns about Higgins’ mental well-being, months ahead of a retrial.

The first trial was abandoned due to jury misconduct.

Bruce Lehrmann has always maintained his innocence and denied there was any sexual contact between the two.

On Sunday, Higgins took to social media for the first time since the charges were dropped and said she never understood how asymmetric the criminal justice system was until she spoke up.

She said she felt like the person on trial after her personal life, messages and dates were publicly exposed and scrutinized.

FULL STATEMENT: The charges against Bruce Lehrmann have been dropped.

FULL STATEMENT: The charges against Bruce Lehrmann have been dropped.

Higgins testified and was questioned at the trial, while Lehrmann – as is his right – did not testify.

“This is the reality of how complainants are treated in sexual assault cases,” she wrote in an Instagram post Sunday morning.

“Their lives are being torn apart, their families and friends are being called to the witness stand and the defendant has the legal right to say absolutely nothing.”

She said of her own ordeal: “My life has been under public scrutiny, open to the world.

“I had to give up my phones, my passwords, messages, photos and my data.”

Former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins. Recognition: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Higgins said the criminal justice system had failed to produce results for victims of sexual assault, noting that in the ACT in 2020, only 16 percent of sex offenses reported to police resulted in charges.

Only half of these resulted in a conviction.

“This is to our national shame,” she said.

“I want to thank the other women who have reached out and shared their own experiences.

“I believe you. You were with me every day as I walked in and faced that courtroom.”

The ACT government is considering legislative reforms that would make it easier for alleged sexual assault victims to testify during a retrial by allowing recorded evidence from a first trial to be used in a second.

– With AAP

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