Jack Monroe Wins Libel Case Against Katie Hopkins

“To everyone who told me I couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't - I could, I would, I did.”


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Blogger and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has won £24,000 damages in a libel case against broadcaster Katie Hopkins, and it’s all because of some tweets.

In May 2015, Hopkins sent Monroe public Twitter messages, in what she says was a case of mistaken identity. She posted the tweets after a Whitehall war memorial was vandalised with the words “Fuck Tory scum” during anti-austerity protests.

Hopkins tweeted Monroe:

“Scrawled on any memorials recently? Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom. Grandma got any more medals?” 

 

Hopkins claims she confused Monroe with Laurie Penny, a New Statesman columnist, also critical of austerity.

Monroe responded to Hopkins’ tweet:

“I have NEVER ‘scrawled on a memorial’. Brother in the RAF. Dad was a Para in the Falklands. You’re a piece of shit.”

 

They then asked for an apology:

“Dear @KTHopkins, public apology + £5K to migrant rescue and I won’t sue. It’ll be cheaper for you and v satisfying for me.”

 

Although Hopkins deleted the tweet in question, she did not apologise and instead tweeted:

 

“Can someone explain to me – in 10 words or less – the difference between irritant @PennyRed and social anthrax @MsJackMonroe.”

 

Monroe’s lawyers say that this second tweet had a “defamatory innuendo meaning” that Monroe “approved or condoned the criminal vandalisation of the women’s war memorial during an anti-government protest”.

After winning the case against Hopkins today, Monroe tweeted:

 

We went to Katie Hopkins’ Twitter to see what she had to say about it all and this is what we found.

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