Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins addressed the courtroom after the jury was discharged in the rape trial of Bruce Lerman.
Ms Higgins accused Mr Lerman of raping her in the Houses of Parliament in March 2019, and he denied the allegations.
Judge Lucy McCallum today discharged the jury after a week of deliberations after it emerged that jurors had committed misconduct.
Ms Higgins looked visibly upset as she addressed the media with her support team outside the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra.
“My life was publicly scrutinized, open to the world,” Ms. Higgins said Thursday morning.
She acknowledged Canberra’s health system, which she said “without which I literally would not be here today”.
The trial was adjourned and Judge McCallum ordered a retrial on February 20, 2023.