Frankie Boyle says he’s giving his damages payout to charity after a High Court jury ruled the Daily Mirror had libelled him by describing him as a ‘racist’.
The comedian, 40, from Glasgow, claimed that the Daily Mirror defamed him by describing him as ‘racist’ and saying he had been ‘forced to quit’ BBC2 panel show Mock The Week.
Daily Mirror publisher Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) defended the article, published on July 19 2011. MGN said the ‘racist’ description was either true or ‘honest comment on a matter of public interest’.
And the publisher said the words ‘forced to quit’ did not mean that Boyle had been sacked and were not defamatory.
But jurors ruled in favour of Boyle on Monday (October 22) after a week-long trial in London. They awarded him 54,650 pounds in damages.
Boyle took to Twitter after the ruling and wrote: “I’m very happy with the jury’s decision and their unanimous rejection of the Mirror’s allegation that I am a racist.
“Racism is still a very serious problem in society which is why I’ve made a point of always being anti-racist in my life and work…
“…and that’s why I brought this action.
“I am giving my damages to charity.”