Ms Higgins broke down in a police interview played to the court.
Bruce Lehrmann denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS
She said she was “so scared of coming forward” to report the allegation to police and she was aware “of the party implications” two months out from the 2019 election.
Ms Higgins said she later spoke with Senator Reynolds and Senator Michaelia Cash about the alleged assault, before going public.