More from Sharri Markson in The Australian.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds will pay damages to alleged sexual assault survivor Brittany Higgins as part of a defamation settlement for calling her a “lying cow,” The Australian can reveal.
In a statement this afternoon, Ms Reynolds, who is on medical leave, publicly retracted the comments she made in her Parliamentary office and unreservedly apologised to Ms Higgins for the hurt and distress her remarks caused.
The senior cabinet minister has also had to pay a sizeable damages to Ms Higgins, out of her own pocket, under the terms of the settlement brokered by her lawyers.
Ms Higgins said she plans to donate the money to a charity that assists victims of sexual assault and abuse.
The legal action comes after revelations in The Australian that Senator Reynolds called Ms Higgins a “lying cow” in an open-plan area of her parliamentary office on the day Higgins’ revelations she was sexually assaulted in Parliament House went public.