Leaked tapes of a five-hour meeting between Lisa Wilkinson and Brittany Higgins have been referred to police to investigate whether contempt of court was committed.
Age carries over Marlia Saunders, a partner at law firm Thomson Geer, acting for Network 10 in a defamation case brought by Bruce Lehrmann, filed a complaint with ACT Policing on Wednesday regarding subpoena material for her criminal trial broadcast in a television interview with Seven last week.
“I have asked them to investigate the suspected violation of the implied pledge given that documents produced under subpoena to the ACT Supreme Court… it appears that the criminal proceedings have been provided to various media organizations contrary to the implied pledge” Saunders said.
ACT Police declined to comment, but police confirmed they had not provided the subpoenaed material to Seven, who selected items in a 7News headlines relationship.
Network 10 lawyers Lisa Wilkinson said last week that a “calculated” and “concerted” media campaign using narrow-minded court material was being waged to pressure and dissuade witnesses from testifying in Bruce Lehrmann’s libel trial.
Meanwhile, Network 10’s apology to Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price for comments overheard in the leaked audio also made international headlines.
A story from Deadline in the US was direct Australia’s Ten network apologizes for ‘racist and derogatory’ comments heard in leaked audio from TV host.
Metro in the UK also ran a story titled, Australian TV network apologizes after ‘racist’ and ‘derogatory’ comments in leaked audio.