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Charges against Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of raping Brittany Higgins, dropped

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The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped sexual assault charges against the man accused of raping Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins inside Parliament House.

Bruce Lehrmann, who had pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent, faced a trial in the ACT Supreme Court in October.

But the jury in that trial was dismissed five days into deliberations when it was discovered a juror had conducted independent research on the case, despite repeated warnings not to.

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A retrial had been scheduled to start on February 20.

But on Friday, ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold SC announced that charges would be dropped.

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Source: 7News