Katie Price arrives at court for case against troll – Daily Mail

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Katie Price slams ‘disgusting’ troll who mocked her disabled son Harvey in the ‘most vile clip she has seen’

  • The 43-year-old gave her evidence today after police charged Philip Lewer, 52
  • She shared a shot of her on the way to Hastings Magistrates’ Court in East Sussex
  • Price also posed for photographers outside the court with her fiance Carl Wood

Katie Price has slammed a ‘disgusting’ troll who mocked her disabled son Harvey in the ‘most vile clip she has seen’.

The 43-year-old TV star hit out at Philip Lewer, 52, who allegedly shared the video on Twitter after receiving it over Whatsapp.

Police arrested the defendant ten hours after the footage was posted back in November.

Lewer was detained on suspicion of sending by public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing message.

He allegedly shared the clip after it was posted by another person. He appeared in court this morning as Price took to the witness box.

Price posed for photographers outside the building with her fiance Carl Woods as they both wore anti-trolling t-shirts

Price posed for photographers outside the building with her fiance Carl Woods as they both wore anti-trolling t-shirts

Price posed for photographers outside the building with her fiance Carl Woods as they both wore anti-trolling t-shirts

The 43-year-old will give evidence after police charged the 52-year-old man over the footage mocking Harvey

The 43-year-old will give evidence after police charged the 52-year-old man over the footage mocking Harvey

The 43-year-old will give evidence after police charged the 52-year-old man over the footage mocking Harvey

In a clip, a man and woman mimic the former glamour model, 42, and her 18-year-old

In a clip, a man and woman mimic the former glamour model, 42, and her 18-year-old

In a clip, a man and woman mimic the former glamour model, 42, and her 18-year-old

She said: ‘This one I found absolutely disgusting, because they managed to paint the colour of their skin, clearly being racist.

‘They mimicked how he speaks and they are doing the eye movement. They are mocking me and him together. He can’t defend himself.’

Hastings Magistrates’ Court in East Sussex heard Lewer had posted the video on his Twitter page after someone else made it.

It was told it had been retweeted 46 times, quote-tweeted 369 times and liked by 107 people.

Lewer was then said to have changed his account name ‘so people could not find him’ after he received messages telling him it was ”vile”.

But he was arrested the next day, despite telling police: ‘It’s just a tweet, a tweet. I can just delete the tweet. I was sent the link on WhatsApp.’

Asked why he posted the video, he told the court: ‘It was the half-a***d way they went about it – she has a push-up bra and is caked in fake tan and he is blacked-up.’ 

He said the man who was featured in the clip was ‘playing a character badly’ and claimed the Loose Women episode it was based on would ‘go down in history’. 

Lewer said people have blacked their faces ‘right through to Little Britain’ but added it had ‘been a very chastening experience’.

He told magistrates he wanted to say sorry but ‘I didn’t find it offensive. I didn’t think people would be offended’.   

The clip was shared on social media in November and mocked Price and her son Harvey

The clip was shared on social media in November and mocked Price and her son Harvey

The clip was shared on social media in November and mocked Price and her son Harvey

Price, who heads the Track A Troll campaign against anonymous accounts, quickly took to social media to find the culprit

Price, who heads the Track A Troll campaign against anonymous accounts, quickly took to social media to find the culprit

Price, who heads the Track A Troll campaign against anonymous accounts, quickly took to social media to find the culprit

Earlier, Price took to social media and shared a shot of her travelling on the way to the court this morning.

She also posed for photographers outside the building with her fiance Carl Woods as they both wore anti-trolling t-shirts.

The clip was shared on social media in November and mocked Price and her son Harvey.

A woman, who appeared to be playing Price, said: ‘If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what do we say?’

A man, who was wearing blackface, replied: ‘Hello you c***s.’

Price, who heads the Track A Troll campaign against anonymous accounts, quickly took to social media to find the culprit.

She wrote: ‘I’ve been sent this disgusting, racist mockery-taking video about me and Harvey mocking his disabilities, clearly planned hence the face-painting (sic).

‘Does anybody know these disgusting humans as I will be reporting to the police #Harvey’sLaw.

‘Words cannot describe how upset I am, this is so cruel. These people need reporting.’

Last year Price sat down with MPs to talk about the internet trolling her son Harvey – who has Prader-Willi syndrome – faces.

She has called for ‘Harvey’s Law’, which is to make social media abuse a specific offence with a register to catalogue offenders.

 

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