The Mail Online are continuing to pay the price for publishing Katie Hopkins’ appalling views over more than two years despite ditching her.
The company confirmed yesterday that is had not renewed its contract with the professional bigmouth by “mutual consent”.
But today the Mail Online reveals that it has paid “substantial damages” as a result of one of her controversial columns. It published this apology:
“An article published in Katie Hopkins’ column on 5 February 2017 reported that Jackie Teale, a teacher, had taken her class to a protest against Donald Trump outside Westminster. We are happy to make clear that that statement was wrong. It was in fact a banner made by some of her twelve-year-old pupils which she took to the protest. We apologise to Ms Teale for this error and have agreed to pay Ms Teale substantial damages and legal costs.”
It’s not the first time the self-proclaimed “Jesus of the outspoken” has cost the Mail Online big money.
Scrapbook reported last December how they paid £150,000 to a Muslim family who Hopkins had smeared as “extremists”.
Hopkins was also ordered to pay £131,000 in damages and legal costs to blogger Jack Monroe earlier this year after falsely accusing her vandalising war memorials.
That should be enough to make anyone else think twice before giving her a platform…