Lisa Wilkinson will make her return to The Sunday Project with a pre-recorded interview on swimming legend Michael Klim’s secret health battle.
Wilkinson, who is expected to remain off the on-air panel until ‘mid-July at the earliest’, shared a promotional clip to her Instagram Stories of Sunday night’s interview, amid the fallout from her controversial Logies speech last month.
Wilkinson, 62, mentioned alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins after winning the Outstanding News Coverage Logie award for her one-on-one interview with the former ministerial staffer in 2021, causing the trial to be rescheduled until October.
Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) is set to RETURN to The Sunday Project as she teases an exclusive interview with Michael Klim on his secret health battle, after her disastrous Logies speech caused the trial of Brittany Higgins’ accused rapist to be delayed
Sunday’s exclusive interview will see Aussie sporting legend Klim, 44, discuss his secret health battle after he was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy in 2020.
Klim is unable to walk unaided after spending the last two years battling the incurable disorder that left him with no feeling in his feet.
The Olympic gold medal winner is forced to use walking sticks and braces for support after finding it difficult to maintain balance and suffering from numbness.
Sunday’s exclusive interview will see Aussie sporting legend Klim (left), 44, discuss his secret health battle after he was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy in 2020
Promoting the upcoming interview on Sunday, Wilkinson uploaded a photo of herself and Klim posing together alongside a long caption about the swimmer’s health battle.
‘Life is fragile. And no-one knows that better right now, than multi-Olympic-gold-medallist and former seven-time World Record holding champion swimmer, Michael Klim,’ she began.
‘Since his days smashing it in the pool alongside lifelong buddies, Ian Thorpe, Daniel Kowolski and Chris Fydler, Michael’s world has now become one of chronic pain and endless hospital stays, after he was diagnosed with a crippling autoimmune disorder with no known cure, called CIDP,’ she continued.
Those legs and feet that years ago propelled him to greatness in the water have been eaten away and left him unable to walk, unassisted. And his future right now is unknown,’ Wilkinson added.
Wilkinson completed her post by inviting fans to tune into her interview with Klim and his family.
‘Tonight, on the Sunday Project, I sat down with Michael, his wonderful partner Michelle, and gorgeous kids, Stella, Rocco and Frankie, who are all fighting alongside him to try and raise awareness of this crippling disorder,’ she wrote.
It was previously reported that Wilkinson won’t be sitting idle at home following her Logies speech, with sources claiming she will continue to work on ‘investigative and human interest’ stories
‘This disease is incredibly cruel, and Michael is, quite simply, a beautiful man,’ she concluded.
Last month it was reported by The Australian Business Review’s Diary that Wilkinson wouldn’t be sitting idle at home following her Logies speech, with sources claiming she would continue to work on ‘investigative and human interest’ stories.
A spokesperson for Ten Network at the time said they ‘fully support Lisa in her ongoing and full commitment to doing the right thing as a witness in the trial’.
Last month it was reported by The Australian Business Review’s Diary that Wilkinson wouldn’t be sitting idle at home following her Logies speech, with sources claiming she would continue to work on ‘investigative and human interest’ stories
The network also hit back at the ‘unfair’ criticism of Wilkinson, and said it would not rule out taking legal action.
‘This reporting is now causing significant harm and we ask these organizations to stop this harassment to allow Lisa the best opportunity to give her evidence in court and to enable the trial to go ahead in a fair and timely manner,’ a spokesperson for the network told The Australian.
‘We are closely monitoring all coverage of this issue and Lisa and Network 10 reserve their rights in respect of any future defamation claims.’
Wilkinson mentioned alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins after winning the Outstanding News Coverage Logie award for her one-on-one interview with the former ministerial staffer in 2021. Pictured at the Logies
Wilkinson’s speech contributed to delaying Higgins’ trial against former political staffer Bruce Lehrmann by prejudicing potential jurors. Lehrmann is accused of raping Ms. Higgins in Parliament House in 2019 and has pleaded not guilty.
He denies these claims and stated in a police interview that he did not have sex with Ms. Higgins.
The ACT Supreme Court has set a new date of October 4 for the trial.
Chief Justice Lucy McCallum decided to delay the trial ‘regrettably and with gritted teeth’ because ‘somewhere in this debate, the distinction between an untested allegation and the fact of guilt has been lost’.
She noted public interest in the case needed to die down before Lehrmann would have access to a fair jury.
Wilkinson’s speech contributed to delaying Higgins’ trial against former political staffer Bruce Lehrmann (pictured) by prejudicing potential jurors
Wilkinson has been highly criticized for her acceptance speech for the Outstanding News Coverage Logie award. Pictured with former ministerial staffer Brittany Higgins
Higgins’ Crown prosecutor Shane Drumgold agreed with Justice McCallum’s decision, noting the 102-day delay was more generous than that given in similar cases.
Mr. Drumgold warned Network 10, Wilkinson and the owners of Sydney radio station WSFM that they should no longer comment on the trial.
The written agreement would also see the three parties agree that any future comments could be in contempt of court.
Mr. Drumgold said if the undertaking was not made by Network 10, Wilkinson and WSFM then he would seek an injunction to stop future public comment.
Ms Higgins (above) will face Bruce Lehrmann in court on October 4 after accusing him of raping her in Parliament House in 2019
Network 10 announced last month it has hired high-profile lawyer Matthew Collins on behalf of the network and Wilkinson.
Source: | dailymail.co.uk