Simon Blake, deputy chairman of Stonewall UK has said that he will be suing Laurence Fox. For defamation of character.
Stonewall trustee sues Laurence Fox: This comes after Mr Fox called him a ‘paedophile’ during a rant on Twitter regarding Sainsbury’s. Mr Fox, former actor and aspiring politician, took to his Twitter account on Sunday 4th October. Posting furious Tweets regarding Sainsbury’s celebration of Black History Month.
One of the country’s largest supermarket chains said that it was “proud” to be celebrating the event. And that anyone who is offended by it has the right to shop elsewhere.
Fox responded to their article by saying. “I won’t be shopping in your supermarket ever again while you promote racial segregation and discrimination. I sincerely hope others join me.”
People commented on his Tweet that he was a racist and Mr Blake posted “what a mess. What a racist t**t”. In reply to Mr Blake Fox posted “pretty rich coming from a paedophile”. Which has now caused the Stonewall trustee to start proceedings for defamation. In a statement released on Monday 5th October Mr Blake said. “On Sunday afternoon I saw a tweet from Laurence Fox suggesting that he would stop shopping in Sainsbury’s. And calling on others to do the same.”
This was his reaction to Sainsbury’s statement that they are an inclusive retailer. He suggested that Sainsbury’s actively anti-racist stance is promoting racial segregation and discrimination. I disagreed strongly with his view and I expressed that in a tweet. While I regret the unnecessary language I used, which is not in line with the way I like to conduct myself. I feel strongly about this issue.
In response, Mr Fox seriously defamed me and I have instructed Mark Lewis from Patron Law to sue for defamation.” Blake finished off by adding that. “I want to make it absolutely clear that I will always stand against racism. And will do my best to be a strong white ally.”
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