TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help him pay damages of £125,000 to Arlene Foster for posting a defamatory tweet which made unfounded claims about an extramarital affair.
The former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) sued Dr Jessen, best known for appearing in the Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies, after the tweet on 23 December 2019 in which he made a false allegation of an affair to his 300,000-plus followers. The tweet remained online until Dr Jessen deleted it on 7 January 2020.
Dr Jessen was ordered to pay damages of £125,000 as well as Ms Foster’s legal costs.
Launching his GoFundMe page on Friday, Dr Jessen wrote on Twitter: “I’m very grateful for your messages of support and encouragement following the recent news.
“Would you please retweet and support me via my GoFundMe page? I have put more details there and I’ll keep you updated. Big hugs C x.”
By Saturday morning, he had raised £2,627 raised of his £150,000 goal. He said any money raised above that sum would be donated to charities linked with…