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My brother-in-law has accused me of taking a job driving a

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Hello. My brother-in-law has accused me of taking a job driving a school bus to satisfy my sexual perversion. The message has been spread round my brothers and sisters. This is untrue, and damaging. Is it libel? Could it be a hate crime? Thanks, ***** *****

What hate crime were you thinking of?

What crime at all?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He's got the rest of my family assuming I'm a sexual predator, possibly a paedophile, which is very toxic. Is this a crime? Or if not, could I claim it is libel?

No, it is not a crime.

It would be capable of being defamatory. Clearly it is a defamatory statement.

The question is whether or not the action is accessible. A defamation action costs in excess of £10k if it is contested and there is no legal aid.

You could get a solicitor to write to him for about £100 warning him of the laws of defamation.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would I be able to pursue my case in England?

Are you in the UK and is he?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm in England and he's in Scotland.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here's the contentious message (PNG file attached)

That does make things much harder.

You would have to sue cross border.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Before we wrap up, perhaps you could glance at the contentious message and venture an opinion on its actionability? Thank you!

I think I viewed that above? Yes, it is defamatory.

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