Arlene Foster awarded £125k damages – in Dr Christian Jessen libel case
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has been awarded £125,000 in damages after a defamatory tweet by TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen.
Dr Jessen tweeted an unfounded claim that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader had been having an extra-marital affair on 23 December 2019.
The post remained online until Dr Jessen deleted it on 7 January 2020.
Mr Justice McAlinden said the tweet had attacked Mrs Foster’s “integrity at a most fundamental level” and involved the “trashing in a very public fashion” the relationship which was most important in her life.
He told the court the tweet had called into question her suitability to hold the office of first minister. It was at a time when delicate negotiations were continuing on the re-establishment of the Stormont executive after three years of deadlock.
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