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Bruce Lehrmann charged with rape of Brittany Higgins to face trial

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A Queensland man who is charged with sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins at Parliament House will go to trial to fight the allegations.

Bruce Lehrmann on Friday linked into the hearing via phone in the ACT Magistrates Court where he was committed to a trial in the Supreme Court.

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Mr Lehrmann previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual intercourse without consent, being reckless as to whether Ms Higgins consented.

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Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been committed to stand trial over sexual assault allegations in relation to Brittany Higgins.
Camera IconFormer Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been committed to stand trial over sexual assault allegations in relation to Brittany Higgins. Credit: Supplied

The former political staffer came forward in February this year alleging she had been assaulted in the office of then Defence Minister Linda Reynolds on March 23, 2019. Mr Lehrmann denies the claim.

In a statement earlier this year, Mr Lehrmann’s lawyer said he “absolutely and unequivocally denies that any form of sexual activity took place at all”.

Brittany Higgins Meeting
Camera IconBrittany Higgins came forward alleging she had been assaulted in the office of then Defence Minister Linda Reynolds in March 2019. NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia

The charge he is facing carries a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment if convicted.

Ms Higgins has granted permission to NCA NewsWire to be identified as the alleged victim in Mr Lehrmann’s court matter.

Mr Lehrmann will next face a hearing in the Supreme Court on November 18.

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