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The risks and regrets of a defamation trial

After a withering court judgement, Bruce Lehrmann joins a long list of people who risked a defamation trial but lost, writes Morry Bailes AM in his latest Opinion Piece for InDaily.

Bruce Lehrmann

Bruce Lehrmann leaves the Federal Court after Monday’s rape defamation judgment. Photo: AAP

After Bruce Lehrmann’s comprehensive defamation trial defeat in the Federal Court, Australians must be wondering why he commenced an action against Network Ten in the first place.

Ten’s The Project published the now infamous episode concerning allegations of rape made against Lehrmann by Brittany Higgins, in which he was identified but not named. In Justice Lee’s now immortal words: “Having escaped the lions’ den, Mr Lehrmann made the mistake of going back for his hat.”