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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