AC Grayling has won £20,000 libel damages against a Twitter user who accused him of being a paedophile in a case he said should act as a “marker” against irresponsible social media users.
The 69-year-old philosopher and Oxford University fellow was “distressed and enraged” after Peter North suggested he possessed videos showing child abuse in a tweet posted online in May last year.
The defamatory tweet read: “I’d bet good money that AC Grayling has a hard drive full of under age botty sex videos.”
Professor Grayling was alerted to the post by other Twitter users and said he felt so insulted that he was unable to ignore it as he launched legal action, the High Court heard.
North, who failed to file a defence,
I’d have at least tried the defence of mere common abuse….