Katie Price slams ‘vile blackface video’ in emotional court testimony over Harvey troll video
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Katie Price slams 'vile blackface video' in emotional court testimony as she reveals she hides trolling from innocent Harvey.
Emotional Katie Price gave her testimony at court over the cruel Harvey troll video.
Phillip Lewer, 52, was today cleared of sending by public communication network an offensive message. In November last year, Lewer shared a video he was sent on WhatsApp depicting a couple impersonating an infamous Loose Women interview with Katie and Harvey in 2016.
Today JPs at Hastings Magistrates' Court found he shared the clip as a "joke" and didn't intend to cause offence.
He doesn't feature in the video.
Katie Price speaking outside Hastings Magistrates Court in Sussex
Her eldest son Harvey is partially blind, has Prader-Willi syndrome and he is on the autistic spectrum.
Mother-of-five Katie has been spearheading a campaign against online trolling which she is calling Harvey’s Law with the aim of criminalising social media abuse.
In an impassioned witness statement before the court the former glamour model slammed the video for being “absolutely disgusting” for blacking up and mocking her son’s disabilities.
Katie was accompanied by her partner Carl Woods to the trial where she gave a testimony.
Katie told the court that the video being examined in the trial was "vile"
She told the court: “That is the most vile video. Lots of people make memes. It was absolutely disgusting. Painting the colour of his skin, mimicking the way he spoke and how he is blind doing the eye movement.
“It is racist, mocking disabilities, more shockingly can’t defend himself.
If I showed it to Harvey, he would say: “Oooo yeah.”
Katie told the court that "needs to protect" her eldest son Harvey
The mum-of-five is currently in a relationship with former Love Island star Carl Woods.
"I need to protect my son. It is upsetting. My eldest children’s friends were showing it to them at school. They had to defend him. People don’t realise what goes on behind the scenes.
"Anyone who has a child, wouldn’t accept it. It’s wrong. I am my son’s voice. He needs justice. I love my son.
"Most disgusting video I have seen. That’s why I have reacted this way.
"It is racist, slamming his disability, he’s an innocent man.
"Sorry it’s been like this but anyone would if it was their child."
Katie is a main witness for the crown in the case R v Lewer where her son Harvey was trolled over instagram
Katie appeared in a black t-shirt, bottoms and trainers for the court appearance
In the video, one member of a couple sparked outrage by wearing blackface and mocking Harvey.
A woman in fake tan said: "If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what do we say?"
The man who was wearing blackface replied: "Hello, you c***."
Katie and eldest child Harvey are very close
(Image: Katie Price/Instagram)
At the time, Katie slammed the video as "disgusting" and "racist".
Fans flooded her social media with their unwavering support over the video.
Katie said of the video: "I've been sent this disgusting racist mockery p*** taking video about me and Harvey mocking his disabilities, clearly planned hence the face painting!
"Does anybody know these disgusting humans as I will be reporting this to the police #harveyslaw words cannot describe how upset I am this is so cruel.
"These people need reporting."
Katie has been campaigning to make online abuse illegal after Harvey faced severe trolling
The mum-of-five has worked hard to get Harvey's Law passed to make online abuse illegal after her son has faced severe trolling.
In March, she wrote in The Independent: "I’ve seen Harvey mocked and belittled since he was a small boy, because of his disabilities, and because of his race. Now that he’s 18, he understands that the treatment he receives from strangers is cruel and unfair. He’s said it himself: “People are horrible to me.” As a mother, that breaks my heart…
"We have no other option: to make the law work, we need to remove people’s anonymity online to ensure that users cannot cause harm by using online platforms to abuse others.
"As a family, we have experienced the worst kind of abuse imaginable towards my sweet and disabled son – and it’s my mission to make sure that no one can hide behind their crime, or an anonymous social media profile. Where an offence has taken place, they ought to be easily identified, reported to the police and punished."