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Typist faces £100,000 libel bill after Twitter rant

20 April 2013

Lesley Kemp, 55, took to the social networking website to rant that a company for whom she had done some freelance transcribing work had allegedly been late paying her.

She claimed that Resolution Production, a Middle Eastern company, delayed payment for two months before docking her £25 for bank costs.

Mrs Kemp singled out the television company’s boss Kirby Kearns in the tweet.

But the mother-of-two then received a claim from Mr Kearns's solicitors, stating that he had lodged a libel action against her up to a value of £50,000.

Solicitors warned her that she could face potential fees to £100,000 if she fights the claim.

Mrs Kemp returned to Twitter for support and was contacted by Robert Dougans, a lawyer who successfully defended another landmark libel case.

Campaigners including the Libel Reform Campaign have also pledged their support for Mrs Kemp.
Well-wishers have donated £2,000 to pay her initial court fees for her defence.

Mrs Kemp said: "It was only a small amount of money that we argued over but because I was broke and stressed I took to Twitter and went on a bit of a rant.

"There were a lot of emails between us before I took to Twitter. He said that I was damaging his reputation and that it was all done maliciously.

Mrs Kemp has vowed to fight the libel claim.

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