Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry Sue Nine MSN And Facebook
The Daily Telegraph are saying Australia’s Next Top Model judges Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry are suing Nine MSN and Facebook over allegations she bullied a university student during a vicious online exchange. (Previous blog post on the issue here).
The stoush cost Charlotte an $18,000 contract.
The article says:
Dawson said she initially joined the Facebook slanging match, believing it was “one of our friends joking around”.
“But as soon as we started, the responses became really full-on and the messages we were sent were so explicit,” she said.
Dawson said comments described her as a “disease-ridden prostitute” and “crack whore”.
“I was so fascinated people would write such hateful things and when I wrote back they’d say, ‘Oh, we love you, we were just having fun’.”
But the online “fun” allegedly ended in death threats to the pair, who now plan a joint action against a Ninemsn report which documented the thread.
In the piece, Dawson reportedly conceded calling the page’s creator a “westie scrag” and its members “f … ing losers”.
Ninemsn head of news Hal Crawford defended the article yesterday, stating: “Charlotte Dawson confirmed with [us] that she had made those comments.”
I think this will be an interesting court case to watch, and wonder if it will set case law in relation to social media comments.