Brittany Higgins’ fiancé David Sharaz resigns from the radio station giant – his fifth job in three years – a month after receiving a multimillion-dollar taxpayer-funded payout following allegations of rape in Parliament House
- David Sharaz has quit his job at Southern Cross Austereo
- He is being sued by Senator Linda Reynolds for libel
- Brittany Higgins reached a huge settlement with the Commonwealth
Brittany Higgins’ fiancée has abruptly resigned from his job at the Brisbane radio station – just weeks after receiving a huge payout after alleging she was raped in Parliament House.
David Sharaz is said to have stepped out of the Southern Cross Austereo in Brisbane for the last time on Wednesday.
He worked for the company for two years – first as a breakfast newsreader and then as part of the Queensland news operations – but occasionally presented radio segments.
In late January, he hosted a Triple M segment called “a deep dive into the sovereign citizen movement.”
The reason for his early departure is unclear, but the Australian reported that his decision to leave was a mutual agreement with the company.
David Sharaz (pictured with Brittany Higgins) resigned from his position at Southern Cross Austereo
David Sharaz regularly posted photos in his Brisbane office (pictured)
While his LinkedIn profile still says he works for Southern Cross Austereo, his Twitter bio has been edited to say “GONE.”
There was no mention of a career change on Sharaz’s Instagram Wednesday night, but he did post a video of him playing with his dog, Kingston.
Sharaz worked as a journalist at Sky News until 2020 when he took on a brief role as senior media adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet.
He spent four months as an ACT Business Manager for Streem in Canberra before moving to Southern Cross Austereo in March 2021.
His profile grew exponentially thanks to his association with Ms Higgins when she alleged in 2021 that Bruce Lehrmann had raped her in Parliament House two years earlier.
Sharaz was also photographed with Ms Higgins every day she appeared before the ACT Supreme Court during the rape trial in October and took time off from work to support her.
The trial was cut short in November due to misconduct by a member of the jury, before Shane Drumgold, director of public prosecutions for ACT, dropped the case entirely in December – citing concerns over Ms Higgins’ mental health.
Brittany Higgins will leave the ACT Supreme Court in October along with David Sharaz
Later that month, Ms. Higgins filed a civil suit, naming three respondents: Senators Linda Reynolds and Michaelia Cash, and the Commonwealth.
However, she quickly reached a confidential settlement with the Commonwealth.
The exact amount has not been confirmed, but the claim was expected to be worth about $3 million, including $2.5 million for future economic loss, past economic loss of nearly $100,000, and general damages of $100,000.
Meanwhile, Senator Reynolds filed a civil suit against Sharaz over two tweets he wrote in January and December last year.
She is seeking apologies and damages and aggravated damages for “inaccurate and professionally damaging” criticisms of her, and is demanding that he cover the costs of legal proceedings.