TV doctor Christian Jessen crowdfunds to avoid bankruptcy over Arlene Foster libel ruling05/31/2021
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Embarrassing Bodies star Dr Christian Jessen, 44, has spoken out after losing a libel case over a tweet he wrote. The celebrity doctor has been ordered to pay £125,000 to Arlene Foster but has said he’s facing bankruptcy over the ruling.
Jessen tweeted false allegations about Northern Ireland’s First Minister having an extra-marital affair.
A Belfast High Court judge ruled the tweet from 2019 was “grossly defamatory”.
While Foster has said it caused her “upset, distress, embarrassment and humiliation”.
The celebrity doctor has said he does not have the funds to cover the libel damages with only £20,000 to his name.
He has since launched a crowdfunding campaign, appealing to his fans to help him cover the costs.
Jessen said: “I’m down to my last £20,000 and that won’t last long.
“I don’t have the money so if the crowd-funding doesn’t work, I may have to declare myself bankrupt.
“It’s obviously not helped my mental health in any way at all and while I’m keeping afloat at the moment I can feel it cracking.”
So far, the television doctor has raised over £6,600 in his bid to reach £150,000.
He has said he’ll donate any surplus he raises and doesn’t use to charity.
He continued: “Obviously, I deeply regret it, and if Arlene Foster says the claim in the tweet isn’t true, then I’m sorry for causing her any hurt.
“But I don’t agree with the judgment.
“I’d been brutally honest about my mental health in court and the circumstances that led to the tweet, and for that to be dismissed is really concerning.”
Jessen shared his crowdfunding campaign on his Twitter in view of his 307,000 followers.
He penned: “I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity and kind, supportive comments.
“I read every one and they are really helping and encouraging me. (sic)
“You are all wonderful! C…”
Many have written supportive comments with their donations to his page.
One penned: “I hope this low season passes soon. And you’re back on top helping others and doing what you do best.”
“He’s helped me tremendously over the years, I’m glad I can return the favour or rather try to,” another added.
A third wrote: “Sorry you’re having to deal with this when you’re not feeling great mentally.”
However, he’s faced some backlash from Twitter users about his crowdfunding campaign.
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