Sunday 25 September 2016

Katie Price- 'I want online trolls to face me on TV'

Helen Pye

Published 19/03/2016 | 10:39

Katie Price said she will confront online trolls
Katie Price said she will confront online trolls

Katie Price has called on online trolls who abused her son Harvey to defend themselves live on Loose Women.

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The glamour model (37) 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.

Katie Price with her son Harvey and husband Kieran Hayler
Katie Price with her son Harvey and husband Kieran Hayler

On Loose Women yesterday, she explained why she had begun naming trolls.

"Last week I woke up and thought I'd look at my Instagram and there was one message that said, 'I f***ed Harvey up the a***'," she said.

"Why would you even write that? He's 13. I thought, 'I've had enough of this', so I named and shamed.

"It's my son and my son can't defend himself. If I said to 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."

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 her more abuse.

Katie Price discusses son Harvey on Loose Women
Katie Price discusses son Harvey on Loose Women

"What I hate is that I've got some of their family members saying if I don't take it down they're going to the police," she said.

"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.

"I'm not going to have a go at them," she said, "but I would like them to meet Harvey because I can tell you now, he's so innocent.

"Because I am in the public eye, hopefully I can make people aware and do something about it."

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