Will sorry be the hardest word?
First came Simon Blake of Stonewall, who, as I noted yesterday, “has announced that he is suing Laurence Fox after the actor called him a ‘paedophile’ during a bizarre Twitter rant about Sainsbury’s”. He then revealed that “Mr Fox seriously defamed me and I have instructed Mark Lewis from Patron Law to sue for defamation”. So what would happen with the two other individuals that Fox had so unwisely smeared?
We did not have to wait long to find out. Once more, it was Pink News that brought Lozza the news he would rather not have received, telling readers “Disgraced actor Laurence Fox is being sued, again, for ‘homophobic defamation’ by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Crystal, who he accused of being a ‘paedophile’”. And there was more.
“The actor later deleted the tweets, but Blake soon announced that he would be filing a defamation lawsuit against Fox. Now, Crystal has announced she is doing the same, and will be represented by the same lawyer”. Crystal has put out a statement.
“Mr Fox seriously defamed me, and I have instructed Mark Lewis of Patron Law to sue on my behalf. I will not stand for racism when I see it, and I will not stand for homophobic defamation when it is directed at me … An accusation of paedophilia is one of the oldest homophobic tropes, and it was very shocking to have that levelled at me, not just by Mr Fox, but also his many followers who believed him”. A pile-on. Oh dear, Lozza!
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Because that makes it worse. As in more expensive worse. As in more open and shut defamation worse. This matters, because Lewis is probably taking these instructions on a no-win no-fee basis - for him, it is a no-brainer too: the defamation is blatant, there was a subsequent pile-on from Fox’s followers, and he did not qualify the statement with, for instance, “My opinion is”. There is only one question outstanding right now.
And that is: will Nicola Thorp follow suit? After all, Fox used the “paedophile” smear against her, too. If she was subjected to the same pile-on as Crystal, it’s an equally bang to rights defamation, and an equally straightforward opportunity for Mark Lewis.
Meanwhile, one has to wonder if all those free speech obsessives who backed Fox so slavishly are beginning to discover buyer’s remorse. The loathsome Toby Young, and the inmates at Spiked, so called because it should have been long ago, are still talking up the new Lozza Party, while not mentioning its now disgraced figurehead. But they must ultimately get real: Fox can’t lead a party when he can’t keep his trap shut.
Meanwhile, were I a betting man, I’d have a few notes on Mark Lewis already being in contact with Nicola Thorp. I said it could be expensive for him. Looks like I was right.
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