Brittany Higgins is accompanied to court each day by her loyal friend Emma Webster, who has stood by her side during some of the most trying periods of her life.
Ms Webster, a political lobbyist, has offered unwavering support to Ms Higgins – from letting her lean on her shoulder at Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation trial, to encouraging her now-fiancé David Sharaz to ask her on a date in the first instance.
When the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions announced he was dropping Mr Lehrmann’s sexual assault charge last year, it was Ms Webster who immediately released a statement about Ms Higgins’ admission to a Queensland hospital.
Ms Webster also drove from Melbourne to Canberra to stand on the Parliament House lawn while Ms Higgins spoke about her allegations to a heaving crowd during the March4Justice rally in March 2021.
She has been described by Ms Higgins as ‘my one true love’, and by Mr Sharaz as a ‘go-to person’ who is ‘basically part of our relationship’.
Now, Ms Webster is shadowing Ms Higgins to Mr Lehrmann’s defamation trial in Sydney‘s Federal Court, sitting beside her in the public gallery, and leaving the building with her at the end of each day.
Emma Webster is pictured, left, with Brittany Higgins, her fiancé David Sharaz, and lawyer Leon Zwier (right) outside the Federal Court in Sydney last week
Brittany Higgins is pictured, left, with her friend and business partner Emma Webster
The pair also became business partners earlier this year, registering the name Power Blazers Pty Ltd which will aim to help Australians navigate the justice system.
It’s no surprise they’ve teamed up – Ms Webster is a powerful political operative and speaker whose expert opinion is frequently sought for television segments on the ABC and Sky News.
She previously worked for former prime minister Julia Gillard, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, and is now the director at political lobby firm Hawker Britton.
The friends have also worked together before, when Ms Webster was head of communications and strategic advisor First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria in February 2021.
At the time, Ms Webster helped fast-track Ms Higgins’ job application so she could secure the role of media advisor for the organisation before it was publicly advertised.
Brittany Higgins (pictured) and Emma Webster live in different states but still manage to see each other
Emma Webster is pictured, left, with Brittany Higgins
They live in different states, but have found time to visit each other throughout the year.
Ms Higgins lives in Queensland, but she travelled to Melbourne in November for her lawyer Leon Zwier’s birthday – and was pictured smiling at a table with Mr Sharaz and Ms Webster.
In August, Ms Webster posted a selfie on Instagram to announce she was asked to fill a special role at Ms Higgins’ forthcoming wedding to Mr Sharaz.
In the post, she was holding a box that said ‘maid of honour’. The caption read: ‘Reporting for duty, Brittany Higgins’.
Ms Webster has now travelled interstate to support Ms Higgins again – this time, while she gives evidence at Mr Lehrmann’s defamation trial.
In court last week, during a lunch break, Ms Higgins stood by the door of the courtroom and rested her head on Ms Webster’s shoulder while waiting for the hearing to resume.
Brittany Higgins and her fiance David Sharaz travelled to Melbourne in November for her lawyer Leon Zwier’s birthday, and to see Emma Webster (right)
Emma Webster is a political lobbyist who has worked with former Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured together)
Mr Lehrmann is suing Wilkinson and Ten over an interview with Ms Higgins on The Project on February 15, 2021, during which she first aired her rape allegations against him.
He was not named in that broadcast, but he claims he was identified by friends, colleagues and family members as the man who allegedly raped Ms Higgins in Parliament House on March 23, 2019.
Mr Lehrmann has continually denied having any sexual contact with Ms Higgins, consensually or otherwise.
Ms Higgins spent two full days being cross-examined by Mr Lehrmann’s barrister Steven Whybrow SC last week.
She will return to the witness stand on Tuesday morning.