Jemima Khan and Kate Rothschild compare notes on racist Twitter abuse
JEMIMA Khan would have been forgiven for keeping her distance from her brother’s estranged wife, Kate Goldsmith, the banking heiress, following her alleged infidelity and the couple’s bitter public spat on Twitter.
But the two women yesterday proved that they remain close as they compared notes on the racist insults they had each received via the social networking site.
Barely three weeks after Ben Goldsmith, the financier, and Miss Rothschild confirmed that they were to divorce, the sisters-in-law were both targeted by fellow Twitter users and joined forces in expressing their disgust.
Miss Khan was criticised after tweeting a joke involving her own daughter which said: “Overheard last night at 3am: Muslim teen (mine) to Irish teen. ‘You don't have to get drunk to have a good time at a party, you know?’”
She was subsequently bombarded with abuse and re-tweeted several comments from people accusing her of being racist.
The former wife of the cricketer Imran Khan was forced to defend herself, replying: “The original joke was on my son for being hilariously sanctimonious.”
Miss Rothschild, whose affair with Jay Electronica, an American rapper, was blamed for the breakdown of her marriage, responded by sending Miss Khan a sample of racist messages that she had been sent, telling her: “It's sickening.”
The 29-year-old wrote: “People should see the full horror of the hate out there though. They shld be named and shamed imo (in my opinion).”
Mr Goldsmith, a millionaire green investor, announced that he would be divorcing Miss Rothschild, the mother of his three children, on the grounds of adultery last month.
He claimed to have discovered incriminating messages on his wife's phone and was arrested and cautioned after slapping her and injuring her leg with a child's toy during a showdown at their home
The two then traded insults via Twitter, with Mr Goldsmith claiming it was too late for his wife to fix her reputation and suggesting she focus on her “devastated” children.
They eventually called a truce, releasing a joint statement in which they admitted they were wrong to detail the breakdown of their marriage on Twitter.
Miss Khan declined to comment on the split.