Graphic shows single key difference in Brittany Higgins and Bruce Lehrmann’s accounts of alleged rape – as she braces for cross-examination

Brittany Higgins and Bruce Lehrmann were both asked to mark separate diagrams of Linda Reynolds’ ministerial suite, where she alleges he raped her on the evening of March 23, 2019.

The two sketches were published on the Federal Court’s website on Wednesday night and share a few similarities.

Both diagrams clearly detail where various individuals sat in the office, along with entry points and exits.

However, one glaringly obvious difference is that Ms Higgins’ diagram (bottom) shows a stick figure lying on a couch in Senator Reynolds’ office – whereas Mr Lehrmann’s (top) does not.

The images illustrate the stark contrast in Ms Higgins’ and Mr Lehrmann’s version of events that night, when she alleges he raped her on a couch in Senator Reynolds’ ministerial office.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ms Higgins described her alleged rape in graphic detail.

She told the court that she arrived at Parliament House with Mr Lehrmann late at night before security let them into the ministerial suite.

Ms Higgins recalled sitting on a bench overlooking the Prime Minister’s courtyard. The next thing she remembered was waking up on the couch to a pain in her leg.

She said: ‘Bruce was having sex with me’.

Mr Lehrmann told his version of events last week, and his story couldn’t be more different.

He told the court they were let into the ministerial suite and went their separate ways.

Mr Lehrmann said he collected his keys, made notes on Question Time briefs, called an Uber and left.

He strongly denies having any sexual interaction with Ms Higgins.