Brittany Higgins is kitting out her lavish new rental home with the latest appliances as she explores the neighbourhood with her fiancé.
The former political staffer and her groom-to-be David Sharaz moved into the beachside house on the Gold Coast about two weeks ago.
Ms Higgins left Brisbane to finish her law degree at Bond University on the Gold Coast after receiving a large settlement with the Commonwealth.
The payout followed the failed prosecution of fellow Liberal staffer Bruce Lerhmann, whom Ms Higgins accused of raping her on a couch in Parliament House.
Mr Sharaz, who quit is job when the couple moved, on Saturday helped delivery drivers move a new refrigerator inside the house.
Brittany Higgins and her fiancé David Sharaz wander around their Gold Coast neighbourhood after moving into a lavish beachside house in the area, carrying a cactus to decorate it
Mr Sharaz, who quit is job when the couple moved, on Saturday helped delivery drivers move a new refrigerator inside the house
He took the bottom end of the huge appliance as they hauled it off the back of a ute and carrier it inside covered in a plastic sheet
He took the bottom end of the huge appliance as they hauled it off the back of a ute and carrier it inside covered in a plastic sheet.
The fridge will join other expensive furnishings in the upmarket home, including a $500 white velvet mirror and a $330 decorative side table.
Ms Higgins and Mr Sharaz at another point during the day took a stroll around their Gold Coast neighbourhood and visited a local café.
Mr Sharaz wore the same dark green t-shirt and fluro shorts he threw on to move the fridge, while Ms Higgins opted for a summer dress in the Queensland heat.
The outing also brought home something else to kit out the new house with Mr Sharaz carrying a small potted cactus around town.
More furnishings for their home are on the way as removalists cleared out their Brisbane home on Thursday.
Workers were spotted carrying furniture and bags of belongings out of the house and loading them on to a moving truck.
Ms Higgins has a drink at a local cafe after the couple paused their wanderings around town
The couple sit at the table contemplating what to order to satisfy their hunger on Saturday
Ms Higgins left Brisbane to finish her law degree at Bond University on the Gold Coast after receiving a large settlement with the Commonwealth
The couple showed off their new home in social media posts when they moved in, with photos showing how close it was to the beach.
Her mother Kelly Higgins, who is a real estate agent, commented: ‘It’s a exactly what you deserve my angel.’
‘A beautiful home in a beautiful location. Lots of happy memories to be shared and made. Miss you already xx.’
Mr Sharaz, who left his job with Southern Cross Austereo in mid-February, posted his own photo of a beach near their new home with the caption: ‘No, I don’t miss the 9-5.’
Ms Higgins reached a compensation settlement with the Commonwealth in December for an undisclosed amount, after she tried to sue for damages for sexual harassment, discrimination, and negligence.
She later denied claims her payout was worth $3 million – insisting she received ‘far less’, and threatening legal action if the figure was repeated.
More furnishings for their home are on the way as removalists cleared out their Brisbane home on Thursday
Workers were spotted carrying furniture and bags of belongings out of the house and loading them on to a moving truck
A removalist struggles with two bags full of belongings as he hauls them out of the house
The month-long trial in the ACT Supreme Court against her alleged rapist Mr Lehrmann was aborted in October due to juror misconduct.
She alleged Mr Lehrmann raped her in Parliament House after a night out in March 2019. He pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence.
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold dropped the case altogether in December, citing concerns for Ms Higgins’ mental health.
Mr Lehrmann sued Channel 10, Lisa Wilkinson, and News Corp in the Federal Court for publishing stories about Ms Higgins’ allegations in February 2021.
The first day of proceedings on Thursday did not go well for him as he was grilled over drunken texts he sent his then-girlfriend when Ms Higgins went public.
Mr Lehrmann’s girlfriend at the time, Greta Sinclair, was distraught over the extraordinary televised accusations.
He placated her by firing off messages suggesting his lawyer had told him that he was a ‘pawn’ and ‘part of a bigger political hatchet job’.
Brittany Higgins and David Sharaz (pictured together) have moved from Brisbane to the Gold Coast
David Sharaz, who recently quit his job in Brisbane, posted a photo of a beach near their new home – with the caption ‘No, I don’t miss the 9-5’
Brittany Higgins posted a photo of her new living room, which features a $500 velvet mirror (pictured)
During cross-examination in the Federal Court in Sydney on Thursday, Mr Lehrmann admitted to Ten’s lawyer Matthew Collins SC that Mr Korn never said that.
‘If I’m named tonight I’m up for millions in defamation… (Mr Korn) said I won’t see the light of a courtroom,’ he reassured her.
Later that evening, at 10.02pm, he sent Ms Sinclair another message that said: [Mr Korn] keeps taking notes though, very professional’.
While being grilled in court, Mr Lehrmann admitted Mr Korn was not in fact taking notes during their conversation and insisted that he just wanted to make Ms Sinclair feel OK.
‘I wanted her to think I had my house was in order’.
Dr Collins suggested the meeting with Mr Korn ‘wasn’t professional at all’ because ‘you were there pouring your heart out and drinking scotch’ and ‘Mr Korn wasn’t taking any notes?’
Mr Lehrmann admitted: ‘He wasn’t. Not to my recollection, no.’