Former Liberal Party adviser and alleged rape survivor Brittany Higgins has had her life threatened, along with her partner’s and their dog’s in a shockingly violent series of messages.  

The person making the threat from a fake Instagram account used a picture of Archibald Prize winning artist Craig Ruddy, who died from Covid-19 in January. 

‘I’ve copped a lot of abuse and numerous death threats since speaking publicly about my experience in Parliament House,’ she said on Monday night on Twitter.

‘However, targeting my partner and threatening to chop up my little cavoodle is a whole new low. Please be better everyone.’

A man using a fake Instagram account has threatened to kill Brittany Higgins (left) and her partner David Sharaz (right)

Brittany Higgins revealed

Brittany Higgins revealed 

Ms Higgins’ partner, David Sharaz, had earlier tweeted that ‘Someone on Instagram just messaged me threatening to kill me, Brittany and our dog. 

‘None of this is okay,’ said Mr Sharaz, who in Februrary resigned from his job dealing with federal government clients saying he could no longer continue in the role.

The messages sent to Mr Sharaz said ‘I’ll bury you both. I will kill you both when you least expect it.’

When Mr Sharaz asked the person making the threats ‘Do you know where I am?’ they replied ‘Yes.’

‘I’m going to chop Kingston (Ms Higgins’ cavoodle) up into little pieces. 

‘I will follow you home from work and destroy you all. Bye for now.’ 

Within minutes of Ms Higgins’ message being posted to Twitter, many responded with sympathy and advice. 

Brittany Higgins is pictured with her dog Kingston. Both of their lives have been threatened in the latest attack on Ms Higgins

Brittany Higgins is pictured with her dog Kingston. Both of their lives have been threatened in the latest attack on Ms Higgins

‘No point telling Twitter folk. Report immediately to the police,’ one said.

‘How you cope is kinda beyond me,’ another said. 

Another commended Mr Sharaz for how he handled the threat. 

‘Good work David on asking “do you know where I am” – when they said Yes, they actually gave you what you needed for the police to take this as a serious and legitimate threat,’ they said.  

Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz are pictured with their dog Kingston

Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz are pictured with their dog Kingston

Advocate for survivors of sexual assault Brittany Higgins' cavoodle dog Kingston is pictured

Advocate for survivors of sexual assault Brittany Higgins’ cavoodle dog Kingston is pictured

A month ago, Ms Higgins responded to bombshell texts sent by the then South Australian deputy premier to an assault victim with just two words – ‘just wow’.

Dan van Holst Pellekaan was been accused of victim blaming following his response over the SA Employment Tribunal’s decision to uphold the sacking of well-known Metropolitan Fire Service firefighter Ramon Kruger.

The deputy leader sent text messages to firefighter Kim Quinn, urging Ms Quinn to ‘spare a thought’ for the perpetrator and that it would be ‘terrible if the impact was too great for him to deal with’.

Mr Kruger was sacked following a December 2020 disciplinary committee finding that he had ‘behaved in an intimidating manner’ towards Ms Quinn. 

Mr van Holst Pellekaan subsequently lost his seat in the South Australian election on March 19. 

Advocate for survivors of sexual assault Brittany Higgins (pictured left) and partner David Sharaz (right) at the National Press Club in Canberra, Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Advocate for survivors of sexual assault Brittany Higgins (pictured left) and partner David Sharaz (right) at the National Press Club in Canberra, Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Ms Higgins came to the public’s attention in February 2021 when she alleged she had been raped on March 22, 2019 in then-Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds’ office in Parliament House.

She has since become an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. 

Last month the ACT’s chief justice warned the more the public talk about Ms Higgins’ alleged rape, the more likely the prosecution will be halted.

Brittany Higgins (left) with her partner David Sharaz. Their lives, and the life of their dog, has been threatened through social media messages

Brittany Higgins (left) with her partner David Sharaz. Their lives, and the life of their dog, has been threatened through social media messages

Bruce Lehrmann, who is accused of raping Ms Higgins, has pleaded not guilty.

Chief Justice Lucy McCallum said those with an interest in the case risk being held in contempt of court by prejudicing a trial before the jury hearing the matter in June.

‘The court strongly urges anyone with an interest in these proceedings to bear those matters in mind and to be careful about the words they publish between now and the 6th of June,’ she told the ACT Supreme Court.

‘To put it in blunt terms, the more people keep talking about this case the greater the risk the prosecution will be stayed.’ 



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