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Arron Banks Loses Russia Libel Case Against Carole Cadwalladr

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English businessman and activist, Arron Banks has lost his defamation suit against freelance and investigative journalist, Carole Cadwalladr.

 

The co-founder of the Leave.EU, a pro-Brexit campaign group had accused Carole of defaming his character over two instances in 2019; one during a TED Talk video and another in a tweet.

 

According to Arron Banks, Carole’s comment on his relationship with the Russian state defamed his character hence the suit. The case which has been hanging for almost 3-years focused mostly on Carole’s comments in the TED Talk video which raked in over 5 million views after it was broadcasted online in April 2019 where she said, “And I am not even going to get into the lies that Arron Banks has told about his covert relationship with the Russian government”

 

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Carole Cadwalladr after initially going for a truth defense pulled out and said that her comments on the TED Talk show were geared toward the public interest. The judge, Mrs. Justice Steyn ruled out the tweet because it had not caused “serious harm” to his reputation adding that it would have been reasonably in the interest of public interest even if it caused him his reputation.

 

After the judgment, Carole Cadwalladr thanked her legal team and the 29,000 people who had donated to fund her legal fees saying, “I literally couldn’t have done it without you.”

Source: Vimbuzz.com

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