Content warning: This story includes descriptions of alleged sexual assault.
After more than four days in the witness box, Tuesday was Brittany Higgins' final day on the stand in Federal Court.
Higgins was testifying in a defamation case brought by Bruce Lehrmann, who is suing Network Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson. Lehrmann is suing based on the February 2021 interview on The Project in which Higgins alleged she was sexually assaulted inside Parliament House while she worked there.
Higgins alleges Lehrmann sexually assaulted her in the office of then Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds in the early hours of Saturday March 23, 2019. Lehrmann has always strenuously denied this.
Following days of testimony from Lehrmann, Higgins was then put on the stand. Her final day in the witness box though was particularly revelatory.
Higgins told the Federal Court she volunteered to give evidence in any defamation case brought by Lehrmann.
Higgins said she agreed to take part in any future defamation case levelled by Lehrmann. Higgins was asked by Lehrmann's barrister why she posted on social media about defending any defamation cases.
The specific reason she provided in court was in relation to money, saying she didn't want Lehrmann to become "a millionaire" as a result of lawsuit.
Higgins' social media post was made six days after it was announced charges against Lehrmann had been dropped due to fears for Higgins' mental health.
"I was tweeting that from a hospital, but that's why I have a legal minder nowadays, so I can't do anything dumb, but yes. Even though I was in hospital, the decision to go ahead [with dropping the charges] wasn't mine to make. I was willing to go through the criminal case again. It was only advice by doctors and lawyers that I couldn't. So I had no issues," she said in court.