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Monday 5 October 2020

Laurence Fox And Defamation

Perhaps it’s knowing that his fifteen minutes may soon be up that has driven minor thesp Laurence Fox to the kind of attention seeking behaviour that may generate the kind of attention that lands him with a series of defamation actions in very short order, with one of the potential litigants a Very Big Company with Their Own Lawyers.

Fox’s latest meltdown, self-own, self-burn and general wipeout came after Sainsbury’s declared their support for Black History Month, signing off with the assertion “We proudly represent and serve our diverse society and anyone who does not want to shop with an inclusive retailer is welcome to shop elsewhere”. Fox swallowed the bait whole.

Dear [Sainsbury’s] I won’t be shopping in your supermarket ever again whilst you promote racial segregation and discrimination. I sincerely hope others join me”. One, Sainsbury’s is not promoting segregation and discrimination - it’s promoting diversity and inclusion. And Two, that claim is not only untrue, but potentially actionably so.

Worse, when he was inevitably called out for racism, Lozza began lashing out in a fashion that could generate at least three more lawsuits. After Simon Blake passed adverse comment on his actions, he snapped back “Pretty rich coming from a paedophile”. A Tweeter backing Black Lives Matter called him a snowflake as well as a racist, which resulted in the response “Says the paedophile”. And he wasn’t finished.

After actress Nicola Thorp concluded that Fox was “unequivocally, publicly and undeniably a racist”, he lost it completely. "Any company giving future employment to Nicola Thorpe or providing her with a platform does so with the complete knowledge that she is unequivocally, publicly and undeniably a paedophile”. All defamatory. All screen shotted.

Just over half an hour later came a self-awareness failure as Lozza pontificated “Language is powerful. To accuse someone of racism without any evidence whatsoever to back up that accusation is a deep slander. It carries the same stigma and reputation destroying harm as accusing someone of paedophilia. Here endeth the lesson”.

The Secret Barrister responded “In law, falsely calling someone a paedophile is likely to amount to defamation, and can carry ruinous financial consequences. Here endeth the lesson”. Fox wasn’t having that. “Where does the law stand on falsely accusing someone of racism?” The next response should have been instructive.

Quoting Fox’s response to Sainsbury’s Black History Month, The Secret Barrister mused “Also potentially defamatory, yes. I for one would feel very nervous, for instance, about a tweet like this”. But the advice had come too late: Lozza was already being quoted by the Mail’s website, with quote marks round his claims of “segregation and discrimination”. Because the Mail got its copy legalled. So it doesn’t get sued over the story.

Such a pity that some of that five million quid he raised for his new political party might have to go on legal bills and damages. Maybe that will cause him to stop and think.

Then he can go and seek help. Because right now, he sounds seriously unwell.

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Anonymous said...

This is what happens when a clearly disturbed mentality gets hysterical.

There's something desperately sad about it. Dangerous too.

Arnold said...

Such a pity that some of that five million quid he raised for his new political party might have to go on legal bills and damages.

Why? I don't have a problem with money donated by his supporters ultimately going to Sainsbury's and lawyers.

Andy McDonald said...

Who on Earth shells out 5 million on someone who will likely never win political power, will only split the right wing vote, and is fighting battles that while meaningful to a handful of entitled thickoes, have no relevance to the vast majority of people?

Sam said...

Laurence has become the Katie Hopkins of the acting world and may well go the same way ie: crash and burn.

Nick S said...

It's only ever a one way journey for chumps like this. In cheesy TV soaps and pantomimes the nasty character can have a epiphany, apologise, atone, and be forgiven but, as "Lozza" will find out, real life doesn't work like that. He won't be welcomed back into the acting fold, teary and apologetic, by supportive fellow thesps.

Anonymous said...

@Andy McDonald - if you don't know already, the conservative right across the world spend their money on disruption and division. Socialism relies on collectivism so a 'divide and conquer' strategy is proving ultra-successful. While we're fighting like cats in a sack over pointlessly polarised ideological issues the rich and the powerful stay rich and powerful.

The Toffee (597) said...

This doesn't look like it'll end well for poor old Florence.

AndyC said...

He really isnt all that bright, is he? I do hope Blake & Thorp are consulting with their solicitors.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to investigate which billionaire scumbags are funding this imp's crusade and failed political endeavours.

And while they're at it check if they're the same ones who are funding the corona denial in the same papers giving Fox positive coverage.

Anonymous said...

Never go full-Hopkins.

Anonymous said...

Lidl and Aldi stick to their job of selling groceries and are doing better than Sainburys.

How many new customers will Sainburys gain from this virtue signalling, there endeth the lesson!

Darren G said...

If you have not seen it yet


The first of those law suits is coming

gillette said...

This might soften his cough somewhat. He will be paying the piper hopefully

Anonymous said...

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, the third largest chain of supermarkets in the UK, with 16.3% share of the market. The largest overall shareholder is the investment vehicle of the Qatari royal family.......I'LL LEAVE THAT ONE THERE !!!

Arnold said...

The good news keeps coming.


Jonathan said...

Who the deck gave Lozza £5 million to start a pity party?

Nick S said...

Seems that a couple of ex-BBC bods are in the driving seat. I'm shocked, SHOCKED!

J said...

Honestly, the guy looks like a wanked cock... so if he wants to spaff millions up the wall, more fool him.

My money is on a tearful "I was under a lot of pressure and suffering from depression and didn't realise what I was doing" excuse in a few months time as the realisation that he's more fycked than a fycked thing in fycksville USA hits home (or he'll just double down again, till he's left to rant on gab, nazichute, naziparler, and other neo-fash sites because he'll have been ostracised from all the more mainstream ones).