How Bruce Lehrmann gave up a chance to settle with Channel Ten – and instead was named as a rapist by a judge and left homeless and jobless

Network Ten offered to settle defamation action with Bruce Lehrmann before the matter went to trial, but he refused. 

Costs submissions released by the Federal Court on Tuesday show the network presented Lehrmann with a settlement offer in August 2023.

Ten had wanted the proceedings dismissed with no admission of liability, and without the network having to cover his legal costs.

Lehrmann was given until September 15 to consider the offer, but he rejected it within two hours.

According to Lehrmann’s submission, he rejected the offer because it did not give him an ‘opportunity for vindication’.

The matter went to trail before Justice Michael Lee in December.

Last Monday, Justice Lee found on a balance of probabilities that Lehrmann had raped Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in 2019. 

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Bruce Lehrmann is pictured outside court last Monday, after losing his defamation case