Text exchange records cast doubt on response of Scott Morrison’s office to Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations
This article contains references to rape and sexual assault.
Explosive text messages have cast serious doubt over when the prime minister’s office first knew about the alleged rape of a Liberal staffer.
Brittany Higgins says she was sexually assaulted by a male colleague inside Parliament House in 2019.
Scott Morrison claims his office did not find out about the alleged rape until last week and he was not informed until Monday.
But records show a text message exchange between Ms Higgins and a fellow Liberal staffer within a fortnight of the incident.
In the message, the Liberal staffer said he had spoken directly with a member of Mr Morrison’s staff.
“Spoke to PMO. He was mortified to hear about it and how things have been handled,” he said.
“He’s going to discuss with COS – no one else. I…