“I look ahead to now receiving the Guardian’s defence and progressing my declare for defamation within the
Excessive Courtroom subsequent 12 months.”
In courtroom final week, Clarke’s barrister Adam Speker KC stated: “Over a collection of days on the finish of April 2021 and the start of Could 2021, Guardian Information and Media Restricted (GNM) selected to label (Clarke) as a sexual predator and accuse him of getting acted improperly in the direction of numerous girls in a sexual and
felony manner over a few years.”
“The primary article was a significant J’accuse second for Clarke and the movie trade, with (him) being described within the first two phrases of the net version as a ‘sexual predator’.
“This trial by media, carried out by probably the most learn newspaper for folks within the movie and leisure trade, led, unsurprisingly, to (Clarke) being ‘cancelled’ in varied methods.”
Gavin Millar KC, representing the newspaper writer, stated readers of the articles wouldn’t have analysed every sentence in depth, and the “overarching theme” is “allegations of misconduct, together with sexual misconduct, made by plenty of girls that are disputed”.
“The affordable reader will admire that allegations of this nature are tough to confirm”, he stated.
“On this context, no affordable reader would assume an allegation is true merely as a result of it has been made.”