Mr Lehrmann took to the stand on Wednesday afternoon.
He advised the courtroom that former defence business minister Linda Reynolds’ staff was comparatively small in 2019 when she took over from Steven Ciobo and that there have been no senior advisors on the time.
His barrister, Steven Whybrow, then took him via quite a lot of tweets and articles that named him as Ms Higgins’ alleged rapist.
Mr Lehrmann additionally spoke a couple of Fb group he was ‘booted’ from inside the week of February 15, 2021 – when The Challenge interview aired.’I recall logging into my social media accounts to close them down due to the media furor,’ he mentioned.
Referring to Fb, he advised the courtroom: ‘I used to be faraway from group chats and blocked in teams, my pal rely had decreased which meant folks had unfriended me.’
‘After I was faraway from these teams, [the administrators] would spotlight within the messenger app that I had been eliminated.’
In one other group chat with Nationwide Occasion supporters, Mr Lehrmann mentioned one group member posted an ‘eject’ image.
All members left the group chat and Mr Lehrmann was the one member left.
Mr Lehrmann mentioned his life modified drastically after the The Challenge episode went to air.
He advised the courtroom folks have been ‘defriending’ him, ‘reducing me off, eradicating me from group chats, blocking me, the checklist goes on’.
‘I took an strategy, once I was at Ramsay Northside, to close down my social media due to the impression that was flowing from The Challenge.
‘Then the media furor, after that and being named on social media and other people have been wanting me up, posting issues on Twitter, it was getting fairly disgusting.’
Mr Lehrmann mentioned he shut down all his social media accounts and has solely not too long ago reactivated Instagram and Fb.
He additionally claims Ms Higgins invited him to drinks on the evening he allegedly raped her.
Mr Lehrmann mentioned his interactions with Ms Higgins that evening have been ‘skilled and cordial.’
Mr Lehrmann has regularly rejected the rape allegations and strongly maintains he had no sexual interplay together with her in any way.