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A spoof online fundraising page to pay the legal fees of Katie Hopkins has been set up following the controversial journalist being slapped with a six figure bill.
Hopkins, who lost a libel case brought against her by food writer Jack Monroe over two defamatory tweets, has been ordered by a High Court judge to pay £24,000 damages to the writer after the case was dubbed 'Twibel.'
The former Apprentice star was also ordered to pay a further £107,000 for costs within 28 days and it has been reported that the sum could rise to £300,000.
Following this News, charity trust Just Giving (who has been attacked by Hopkins in the past) set up a fundraising page expressing fake concern for the 42-year-old journalist in a lighthearted campaign which, in actual fact, is raising money for food bank charity, The Trussell Trust.
The page, organised by satirical news website The Southend News Network, reads: “We believe that having to find such an enormous sum of money could jeopardise Katie’s glittering career in journalism, and we are not prepared to sit here and watch her disappear from our screens and newspapers!"
“Therefore, we hope to raise the full £324,000 as a matter of urgency so that Katie doesn’t have to endure any financial hardship as a result of this massive injustice.”
It raised more than £5,000 in the 24 hours following the courts decision and is still going strong.
During the court hearing, Monroe complained that the tweets posted by Hopkins in May 2015 accused her of “vandalising a war memorial and desecrating the memory of those who fought for her freedom, or of approving or condoning such behaviour”.
And after the judge ruled in her favour, the 28-year-old took to twitter, saying: “It’s taken 21 months but today the High Court ruled that Hopkins statements to/about me were defamatory. I sued her for libel. and I won.”