A drag queen being sued by Laurence Fox for accusing him of racism instructed a courtroom he was ‘calling out behaviour I noticed as racist’ and wasn’t attempting to wreck the actor’s profession.
Fox is accused of defamation by former Stonewall trustee Simon Blake and drag queen Colin Seymour, referred to as Crystal, for calling them ‘paedophiles’ on Twitter.
However 45-year-old Fox, who’s founding father of the Reclaim Social gathering, is counter-suing the pair and Coronation Avenue actress Nicola Thorp, 35, after they branded him a ‘racist’ in response to a submit by the grocery store Sainsbury’s celebrating Black Historical past Month.
Former GB Information presenter Fox is finest identified for taking part in DS James Hathaway within the ITV sequence Lewis and was previously married to Physician Who actress Billie Piper.
He claims he referred to as the trio paedophiles as a ‘baseless and meaningless’ insult in response to them ‘baselessly’ calling him racist in October 2020. However Seymour and Blake declare the insult was based mostly on what they understand as Fox’s homophobic tropes.
Laurence Fox arrives on the Royal Courts of Justice in London in the present day for the trial to proceed
Seymour, a contestant in season one of many BBC3 present RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, gave proof on the Excessive Courtroom in London in the present day sporting a gray swimsuit with flared trousers and one earring.
Patrick Inexperienced, KC, representing Fox, confirmed Seymour a video of Fox being interviewed by Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkTV the place he admitted he referred to as the trio paedophiles.
He additionally urged he regretted the insult, saying ‘two wrongs do not make a proper’.
Mr Inexperienced requested Seymour whether or not he had taken this as an apology.
Seymour stated he would have anticipated a for much longer apology with Fox stating what he had carried out mistaken.
‘The very fact it is an allegation that is been repeated to me for 3 years, together with two nights in the past dozens of instances, exhibits the impact,’ he stated.
Seymour was requested if he disagreed with Fox’s assertion that most individuals within the UK are good.
‘No I do not disagree with that, I disagree along with his characterisation of patriotism as solely specializing in the great,’ he stated.
‘I’d additionally name myself a patriot and due to this fact assume it is vital to advocate for a greater nation for everybody.’
Mr Inexperienced requested if this was the supply of his disagreement with Fox. ‘No, the supply of my disagreement with Fox is that he referred to as me a paedophile’, Seymour replied.
‘I disagree along with his characterisation of “racist” as being a baseless insult and that being an try and shut down dialog.
‘I feel it is affordable in a rustic of free speech to have conversations about if issues we predict and really feel are influenced by racism. I do not assume it is an insult notably, it is a foundation for dialog.
Laurence Fox arrives on the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday along with his girlfriend Liz Barker
‘You might be nicely conscious calling somebody a racist or outing them as racist can have extraordinarily critical penalties,’ Mr Inexperienced stated.
‘Positive,’ Seymour replied. He added: ‘The thought I used to be trying to wreck his profession by calling him a racist is offensive – I used to be calling out behaviour I noticed as racist which I feel I used to be inside my rights to do.
‘It had nothing to do with animosity or ruining Mr Fox’s life, I used to be calling out behaviour.’
Seymour stated he had pretty been accused of racism himself previously and had apologised and moved on.
‘I’ve a wider understanding of the phrase racism than an outright hostility to somebody due to their ethnicity.
‘However I feel deriding a submit about Black Historical past Month does show some hostility in direction of people who find themselves black, sure.’
Mr Inexperienced confirmed him messages he had despatched buddies within the weeks after the feedback saying many didn’t point out he had been induced misery by Fox’s remark.
Seymour stated he typically ‘performed down’ his misery and typically he did not.
In a single message he instructed a buddy there have been ‘actually dozens of tweets calling me a paedo and a nonce – persons are rabid and scary’.
‘Actually would not hassle me personally however gross to know these persons are on the market.’
He stated: ‘I feel the very fact persons are checking in on me due to what occurred signifies it was in all probability fairly distressing – that one thing disagreeable was taking place to me on the time.’
Mr Inexperienced urged Seymour was saying he didn’t really feel distressed.
The Canadian replied: ‘I feel saying persons are rabid and scary and that it is gross to know all these persons are about signifies a degree of worry and misery.’
Simon Blake (left), Nicola Thorp (centre) and Colin Seymour (proper) arriving at courtroom yesterday
Seymour created a gaggle chat referred to as ‘Crystal vs LF’, the courtroom heard.
In one other message he stated ‘surprising Sunday drama – no biggie’.
A buddy despatched a message saying she was ‘excited’ Seymour was taking Fox on.
Seymour instructed the courtroom: ‘Sure lots of people felt Mr Fox was racist at that time – lots of people felt the identical means I did that he was a racist.’
Seymour then stated in a message: ‘Think about being married to Billie Piper and holding these views – the cognitive dissonance that this requires.’
Bespectacled Fox sat behind his barristers in courtroom in a navy swimsuit.
Thorp, pregnant along with her first little one, wore a pink costume and gray coat sat subsequent to Blake.
The trial, earlier than Mrs Justice Collins Rice, is because of conclude subsequent week with a call anticipated at a later date. The listening to continues.