Katie Hopkins sells £1m home after losing lawsuit to Jack Monroe
Controversial columnist and broadcaster Katie Hopkins is putting her country home up for sale after losing a lawsuit to Jack Monroe.
The £950,000 home on the outskirts of Exeter, Devon, boasts five bedrooms and large reception rooms.
Monroe won libel proceedings against Hopkins following untrue claims about the vandalism of a war memorial.
The food writer, who identifies as gender non-binary, was awarded £24,000 in damages and £107,000 in court costs to cover their legal fees.
Photos posted to property website RightMove reveal inside the home Hopkins shares with her family, including an open plan kitchen, dining and living area.
The home is furnished with green sofas and vibrant pink carpets, which some have described as tacky.
The pricey lawsuit could have been avoided had Hopkins apologised for her untrue original claims.
Following the news Monroe tweeted: “For the want of apology a trial was lost For the want of a trial a job was lost For the want of a job another was lost For the want of another an income was lost For the want of an income a house was lost And all for the want of an apology.”
Hopkins took the case to Court of Appeal in a desperate final bid to avoid owing the money.
The court rejected her case – meaning the former Apprentice candidate must cough up the full costs and damages of the case.
Lady Justice Sharp wrote in her verdict: “In my opinion, none of the grounds raised has a real prospect of success, and there is no other compelling reason why an appeal should be heard.”
She added: “The application for permission to appeal is therefore refused.”
Hopkins now has no further right of appeal.
The court ruling found that the tweets had caused “real and substantial distress” to Monroe and that the food writer is entitled to “fair and reasonable compensation”.
Following the original result, Monroe tweeted: “It”s taken 21 months but today the High Court ruled that Hopkins statements to/about me were defamatory.
“I sued her for libel. and I won.”