A YouTuber who claims to “debunk” feminist issues could face a contempt of court charge for reposting footage of Bruce Lehrmann’s high-profile defamation case.
Glenn Logan admitted to publishing video of the trial, which was brought by ex-Liberal staffer Lehrmann against Network Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson.
But Logan’s lawyer, Patrick Schmidt, told a Federal Court hearing today his client was unaware at the time it was prohibited to do so.
“While his actions were not intentional, they were reckless,” he said.
Federal Court Justice Michael Lee previously ordered Logan to appear to explain his actions before a decision was made on whether to charge him with contempt of court.
But he failed to appear as required today, when Schmidt said his client was flying in from Melbourne and was running late.
Lee called Logan’s non-appearance “unacceptable” and said he would refer the matter to court authorities for the commencement of contempt proceedings.
In a video played to the court, Logan told his viewers that YouTube had removed the content from his “Feminism Debunked” channel because it was “ran (sic) by feminists”.
He urged people to watch the videos on alternative platforms.
Logan had been diagnosed with a range of mental health issues and was “of low intelligence”, the court heard.
Lehrmann is suing Network Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson over a February 2021 report on The Project in which Brittany Higgins was interviewed about her alleged rape in a Parliament House office in March 2019.
The defamation proceedings brought by Lehrmann, which ran for 22 days, were live-streamed on the Federal Court YouTube page and were at some points watched by thousands of viewers.
Lehrmann has always denied any sexual contact occurred with Higgins.
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