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Reynolds vs. Higgins Defamation Row Intensifies with Failed Peace Talks and Social Media Posts

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The ongoing defamation dispute between former political staffer Brittany Higgins and WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds has taken a contentious turn following failed peace talks and contentious social media posts. The dispute, at the center of which are allegations of defamation through social media, has escalated as productive peace talks collapsed.

Brittany Higgins, accompanied by her partner David Sharaz, made the long journey from their residence in the south of France to attend mediated discussions in Perth, which were ultimately inconclusive. Prior to the talks, Higgins posted a cryptic message on social media stating, «I will not stay silent so you can stay comfortable,» hinting at potential further conflict.

Linda Reynolds, represented by esteemed defamation lawyer Martin Bennett, aims to bring new evidence into the lawsuit, including the recent social media post by Brittany Higgins. This post is perceived to aggravate the case further, adding complexity to the legal battle between the two individuals.

Reynolds intends to assert that there was a coordinated effort by Brittany Higgins and David Sharaz to target her reputation, with alleged involvement from journalist Lisa Wilkinson and Channel 10 producer Angus Llewellyn. The defamation claim stems from social media publications that Reynolds alleges have tarnished her public image.

The legal saga intertwines with the case of Bruce Lehrmann, an individual charged with assaulting Higgins but faced with a discontinued trial due to juror misconduct. The involvement of Lehrmann adds another layer of complexity to the intertwined legal battles taking place in different courts.

During a recent court hearing overseen by Justice Paul Tottle, discussions revolved around the scheduling and coordination of multiple claims to streamline the legal process. The parties are gearing up for a potential lengthy and costly trial, with Reynolds preparing to call a substantial number of witnesses to testify on her behalf.

The defamation row between Higgins and Reynolds highlights the challenges faced by individuals in legal battles, emphasizing the potential financial strain involved. Despite failed peace talks, both sides are now preparing for a high-stakes trial scheduled to commence in July, setting the stage for a legal showdown in the coming months.

Rachel Adams

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