Nicola Thorp has sued Laurence Fox for defamation with two others after he called them “peadophiles”.
The former Coronation Street star took legal action against the Lewis actor, as did Crystal of Drag Race UK and Simon Blake, head of the Mental Health First Aid England charity.
What happened between Laurence Fox and Nicola Thorpe?
Laurence used the offensive language against the trio in newly deleted tweets after arguing over Sainsbury’s support for Black History Month.
They filed their defamation lawsuit in the High Court on April 1.
It lists Nicola, Simon and Crystal – under the maiden name Colin Seymour – as applicants.
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Sainsbury tweeted last October: “We are proud to celebrate Black History Month with our black colleagues, customers and communities, and we will not tolerate racism.
“We pride ourselves on representing and serving our diverse society, and anyone who doesn’t want to shop at an inclusive retailer is welcome to shop elsewhere.”
What did Laurence say about Sainsbury’s?
In response, Laurence tweeted, “Dear @sainsburys, I will never shop your grocery store again while you promote segregation and discrimination.”
Simon tweeted back, “What a mess. What a racist [bleep]”And in response, Laurence said,” Quite rich from a pedophile. “
I won’t stand for racism when I see it, and I won’t stand for homophobic defamation.
Similar language was used against Crystal and Nicola.
Simon later said, “Mr. Fox seriously defamed me. I’ve directed Mark Lewis of Patron Law to sue for defamation. “
I hate racism. It is important to me to challenge it, but I will choose my words more carefully in the future. I want to be the best ally for people affected by racism. pic.twitter.com/QhQgkCZBLB
– Simon Blake (@Simonablake) 5th October 2020
Kristall “will not stand for homophobic defamation”
Similarly, Canadian Crystal wrote on Twitter, “I will not stand up for racism when I see it. And I won’t stand for homophobic defamation if it’s directed at me.
“An accusation of pedophilia is one of the oldest homophobic tropes. It was very shocking that I was attracted by not only Mr. Fox but also his many followers who believed him. “
After removing the tweets, Laurence, who ran for Mayor of London, said: “I deleted the tweets posted yesterday in response to being repeatedly, continuously and falsely smeared as a racist.”
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He also addressed the offensive tweets about Jeremy Vine, saying they were in response to “10 months … been labeled a racist,” what he called an “end of career arc”.
Laurence continued, “When it comes to the fact that words mean nothing, as it is a totally unfounded claim and completely contradicting my feelings, I thought you know what, if words mean nothing these days I can call you anything, what i want for it. “
ED! contacted Laurence Fox’s representative for comment.
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