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Bruce Lehrmann: Accused rapist who tried to clear his name loses blockbuster defamation trial against TV network

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An accused rapist has lost his defamation case against a major Australian television network. The judge ruled that he committed the crime based on the balance of probabilities. The case gained significant attention after a former political staffer accused her colleague of rape in 2019. The accused rapist sought to clear his name through defamation action, claiming that the television program had damaged his reputation. The network defended itself by arguing that the rape had occurred. The judge found that the two had engaged in sexual activity without consent, resulting in a devastating blow to the accused rapist’s attempt to clear his name.