Katie Price suggests internet trolls appear on Loose Women to explain themselves
Published 18/03/2016 | 14:16
Katie Price has called on online trolls who abused her son Harvey to defend themselves live on Loose Women.
The glamour model named and shamed internet commentators who had created cruel memes and left vile messages about her 13-year-old son, who suffers from blindness, autism and Prader-Will Syndrome, on Twitter last Wednesday.
On Loose Women on Friday, she explained why she had begun naming trolls.
"Last week I woke up and thought I'll look at my Instagram and there was one message that said, 'I f***** Harvey up the arse.' Why would you even write that? He's 13. I thought, 'I've had enough of this' so I was on one and I named and shamed.
"It's my son and my son can't defend himself. If I said to Harvey, 'Harvey, people are saying horrible things about you, he'd probably go, 'Happy New Year', because he wouldn't understand. I have to protect him because who else will?"
Shown doctored images of Harvey that had been spread round the internet, Price called them racist and said "to me, that's an offence".
She revealed that some of those she named had apologised to her, but others had given Price more abuse.
"What I hate is that I've got some of their family members saying if you don't take it down I'm going to the police. Because I've shown some of them up...but it's like, that's what you were doing to me."
After she shamed people on Twitter, Price revealed she was sent mobile numbers and home addresses of Harvey's abusers but did not want to act on those.
Instead she asked those who had trolled Harvey to own up and come on the ITV chat show to explain their actions.
"What I would love them to do, because I know they've been getting stick, is come on the show on Wednesday next week and be a man. Come on the show and say why you were trolling, why you'd do that about my son. Not stick up for yourself but explain why you would do it.
"I'm not going to have a go at them, but I would like them to meet Harvey because I can tell you now, he's so innocent. Why would they want to do it?"
Admitting that the abuse "devastates" her, she said: "Some people think because I've put him in the public eye, he deserves this to be said about him.
"Because I am in the public eye, hopefully I can make people aware and do something about it."
Price ended by saying that she wanted to do a TV programme about trolling and asked people who had been involved to get in touch with her.
But she was not the only member of the panel affected, with Andrea McLean reading out nasty tweets about a bikini photo of herself.
Vicky Pattison read out one that said: "You, Vicky Slapper-son, are a pathetic example of a woman. You are vile so stop putting pathetic attention-seeking pictures online that no one wants to see and go and read a book, love, or get some education. Better ask someone what this is first."
"I've got a degree," Pattison bit back.