Laurence Fox sued by RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Coronation Avenue actress, and charity boss over ‘paedophile’ feedback

Laurence Fox attends the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the London Coliseum on November 24, 2019 in London

2021-04-06 20:30:00

A charity boss, a drag star, and an actress have launched authorized proceedings towards actor-turned-activist Laurence Fox.

The lawsuit is introduced by Simon Blake, deputy chair of LGBT charity Stonewall, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Crystal, and Coronation Avenue actress Nicola Thorp after a Twitter spat with Fox in 2020.

In October 2020, Mr Blake and Crystal had threatened to sue Fox after that they had a row on Twitter, with Fox calling them “paedophiles”.

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Crystal has teamed up with Mr Blake and Ms Thorp to convey the defamation legislation go well with towards Fox

In a separate Twitter thread, Fox additionally labelled Ms Thorp as a “paedophile”.

Fox was embroiled within the heated alternate after he accused Sainsbury’s of “selling racial segregation and discrimination” following the grocery store’s Black Historical past Month marketing campaign final yr.

Crystal, Mr Blake and Ms Thorp all mentioned that they disagreed with Fox’s view on the marketing campaign, with Mr Blake labelling Fox as a “racist t***”.

Mr Blake, who can also be chief government of Psychological Well being First Support England, later mentioned he regretted utilizing such language.

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Fox later deleted the tweets, saying on the time that he had taken them down after being “repeatedly, constantly and falsely smeared as a racist”.

The trio have instructed legislation agency Patron Legislation on their defamation lawsuit. Crystal and Mr Blake initially threatened authorized proceedings final yr, however formally filed the declare within the Excessive Court docket on 1 April.

Ms Thorp can also be named as a claimant, together with Mr Blake and Crystal.

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In September 2020, Fox introduced he was organising a brand new political celebration “to battle the tradition wars” and mentioned he supposed to face candidates on the subsequent normal election.

On 7 March, Fox introduced that he’s going to face for mayor of London.

As chief of the Reclaim Get together, he mentioned that if he’s elected he would elevate lockdown the day after the 6 Could polls – despite the fact that energy to take action rests solely with the prime minister.

And he has additionally promised free Tube and bus journey for six months after lockdown, though such a proposal would doubtless bankrupt Transport for London.

He’s the son of actor James Fox and a part of the Fox appearing dynasty alongside together with his brother, Jack, and cousins, Emilia and Freddie.

Mr Blake, Crystal, Ms Thorp, Patron Legislation and Fox have been approached for remark.

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