Lisa Wilkinson hires Australian Bar Association chair who slammed her Logies speech on Sunrise
Lisa Wilkinson calls out the best lawyer just hours after criticizing her speech by Logies on the Brittany Higgins case which has backfired dramatically with the accused rapist’s trial now delayed
- Channel 10 hires lawyer to represent Lisa Wilkinson, who could be charged
- The network contacted the President of the Australian Bar Association, Dr Matthew Collins
- Comes after he lambasted a media veteran on TV, saying she should know better
A high-profile lawyer who lambasted Lisa Wilkinson on breakfast TV for her “ill-advised” Logies acceptance speech was hired to represent her hours later.
The fallout from The Project host’s speech after winning an award for her interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins stretched into a fourth day after the accused rapist’s trial was delayed as a result.
Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins was approached on Wednesday to represent Wilkinson and Network 10 over fears she could be charged with contempt of court or similar offences, The Australian reported.
Channel Ten confirmed that the network had hired Collins to portray Wilkinson.
“Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson take their legal obligations very seriously, including in the preparation and delivery of her speech at the Logies event,” a spokesperson said.
Lisa Wilkinson (pictured during her Logies speech) could face contempt of court charges
“In light of the ongoing proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Dr Collins was approached just hours after warning there was a ‘serious possibility’ that Wilkinson could be held in contempt of court.
“It is certainly possible that authorities will review the speech she gave to the Logies and assess that speech against the standard that applies in this branch of the law,” he told Sunrise on Wednesday.
“That standard is, did anything she did tend to interfere with the administration of justice?”
He thinks Wilkinson, who has worked in the media industry for more than 40 years, should have known.
“You hope that whenever the media considers publishing a story about a serious criminal trial that is about to begin, they will be aware of the potential risks,” Dr Collins added.
“The mainstream media understands the risk inherent in reporting on cases that are about to go to trial, especially high-profile cases.”
Australian Bar Association president Dr Matthew Collins (pictured) was hired to represent the project host hours after criticizing his actions on Sunrise
“The fact is, everyone in our community faced with a serious charge like this is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and that means walking into the courtroom there should be no clue preconceived one way or the other, so that the jury just sits down and focuses very intently on the evidence as it unfolds in the witness box, and makes them forget everything they might have see in the media, or God forbid and often much worse, in social media.
This follows scathing comments from ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum on Tuesday after she was forced to postpone the trial of the accused Higgins rapist due to Wilkinson’s speech on Sunday night.
Wilkinson’s speech was watched by millions of viewers moments after winning a Logie for her one-on-one interview with Ms Higgins days after the former Liberal staffer went public with her allegations that she was raped in Parliament by a coworker.
Lisa Wilkinson (right) won a Logie for her TV interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins (also pictured)
Meanwhile, former Channel 10 weatherman Tim Bailey doubled down on his attack on Wilkinson with a crude tirade about his notorious Logies speech.
“Just accept your little F-ing and F off trophy!” he tweeted.
It was the second time Bailey had gone after his former colleague in 24 hours.
“Hey Lisa, keep your head down,” Bailey said in her now-deleted earlier post.
“I know it could be difficult, because he is a very big head. But please try.