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Frankie Boyle 'Very Happy' With Libel Victory
Comedian Frankie Boyle says he is "very happy" after being awarded more than £54,000 damages by a High Court jury which decided he had been libelled by the Daily Mirror.
The 40-year-old from Glasgow claimed the Mirror defamed him by labelling him a racist and saying he had been "forced to quit" the BBC panel show Mock The Week.
The paper's publisher, Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), had defended the article, which appeared on July 19, 2011, claiming the "racist" description was either true or "honest comment on a matter of public interest".
But Mr Boyle said the Daily Mirror had "misunderstood" his jokes.
He told the High Court that characters he played might express racist views, but he did not, adding that he actively campaigned against racism and parodied racists.
MGN also maintained the words "forced to quit" did not mean that Mr Boyle had been sacked and were not defamatory.
Mr Boyle's counsel, David Sherborne, admitted his client's humour was deliberately challenging.
He said Mr Boyle would not have minded if his material had been called vile, tasteless or offensive, because that went with the territory, but he did object to being called a racist.
A barrister representing MGN said Mr Boyle was "callous" and "insensitive".
Ronald Thwaites QC said if jurors thought Mr Boyle had been libelled they should show their "contempt" by awarding damages of 45p - the price of a copy of the Daily Mirror.
But after a week-long trial in London they ruled in favour of Mr Boyle and awarded him £54,650 in damages.
The comic, who is to give the money to charity, said he was "very happy" as he left court, making further comments on Twitter.
In a series of tweets he wrote: "I'm very happy with the jury's decision and their unanimous rejection of the Mirror's allegation that I am a racist."
In another he said: "Racism is still a very serious problem in society which is why I've made a point of always being anti-racist in my life and work and that's why I brought this action."
In the past Boyle has upset Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington and glamour model Katie Price with comments about her disabled son.
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what do you think?
Good work Frankie! Glad it was that rag as well! Long may you continue to offend sir...
Wonder why they dont label the likes of Jim Davidson, Chubby Brown & Bernard Manning racist but they do with Boyle? The Mirror got what it deserved this time though.
They do label them racist. Oh, and Manning is dead, so why would they bother.
it's because manning is dead that he would be ideal media fodder!
This man is horrible. I'm amazed he wasn't the one being sued
Great, he can use it to fork out money the next time he gets fined/sued for telling a nasty joke.
I hope Frankie follows through with his promise to aid charity and promptly hands the money over to The Klan's next fundraiser :)
he just won proving he's not a racist - you could be next in court you silly person.
Simon, With thinking like that, you could well be right, whereupon I shall plead guilty to having a sense of humour and hope that the judge understands the basic premise of context:)
there was no apparent humour in your comment and it was repled to "in context"
shock humour is not without risks
Well Done Frankie Boyle - one of the few comedians with the cojones to be a real comedian!
Frankie Boyle is amazing!! Chubby brown is sexiest towards woman in his jokes but ... Most of us know a joke is a joke and doesn't reflect the personal opinion of the comedian. Good on Mr. Boyle!
Well done Frankie!
the media and people in general are far too quick to label someone a racist these days. it's ridiculous.
Tell me, Emma, is there ANY incident of a racist nature that happened lately or in recent years where you would say: 'Yes, THAT was downright racist and it was wrong?' Or do you actually think that racism doesn't exist? Which is it? I'm intrigued because I often see you saying more or less the same comment about a story about racism on here. Just so we're clear where you're coming from, that's all. I mean, for instance, where do you stand on Stephen Lawrence's murder? Or take your pick. Dying to know.
although i was a big fan of frankie boyle and used to wonder why people got offended by his words (as that is all they were, however offensive), i find it incredulous that he has taken offence at the words of a gutter paper. does he not think that katie price, susan boyle, etc etc may find his material unacceptable? i think he needs to make a well known saying out of the following: kettle, talk, the, about, pot, calling, the, black.
But Katie Price and Susan Boyle are not going to see their employment prospects suffer by what Mr Boyle thinks of them in pursuit of garnering some larfs, but employers and prmoters might be less inclined to get involved with someone tagged racist. He was correct to challenge it and beat it down (imo) and not allow the media to polarize views unchecked.
i don't see that employment prospects should trump personal mental health of other individuals. whats good for the goose!
I find Katie Price unacceptable so it balances out.
His are obviously jokes. Maybe bad taste but obvious jokes. They called him a 'racist comedian'...
Don't like frankie, he can give it but can't take it. But I don't like the mirror more so well done frankie
The Mirror should read his book. Asking a lot of their staff i know but if they take turns...