News Crime Brittany Higgins’ alleged rapist pleads not guilty

Brittany Higgins’ alleged rapist pleads not guilty

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February – Former political staffer Brittany Higgins alleges she was raped in Parliament House. In March, she addressed a major rally outside the building. Photo: Supplied
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The man charged with raping then-Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins in a federal minister’s office has pleaded not guilty.

Bruce Lehrmann, currently in Queensland, is charged with sexual intercourse without consent at Parliament House in March 2019.

Acting for Mr Lehrmann, lawyer Warwick Korn told the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday he was instructed to enter a plea of not guilty.

The case is due to return to court on October 14, at which time Mr Lehrmann is expected to be committed to the Supreme Court for trial.

Ms Higgins publicly alleged in February a then-unnamed colleague raped her in the office of minister Linda Reynolds.

Mr Lehrmann was not in court and did not appear on the video-link before Magistrate Jane Campbell on Thursday.