Jeremy Vine says Joey Barton apology over 'nonce' slur is 'not final outcome' (2024)

Jeremy Vine has claimed Joey Barton‘s apology and agreement to pay £75,000 in damages is ‘not the final outcome’ of the case.

Barton will pay damages and all legal costs to settle a defamation claim over posts on social media, the former footballer said in a post on X.

The news comes after Vine, 58,sued Barton, 41, for libel and harassment over 14 online posts, including where he called Vine a ‘big bike nonce’ and a ‘pedo defender’ on X.

A High Court judge ruled last month that 11 of the posts could defame Vine.

The BBC Radio 2 host filed a libel claim at London’s High Court with the former Newcastle United player named as the defendant.

Barton originally responded by launching a GoFundMe page to raise money for his legal fees and raised over £100,000.

The pair were long embroiled in anongoing online feud that appeared to have reached its end with Barton’s online apology.

However, Vine has now addressed his statement, writing on X: ‘The news of Joey Barton’s apology and commitment to pay damages and costs is not the final outcome of this case.

‘After five defamatory tweets, my lawyer offered Barton a chance to settle: pay £75k, plus my costs, and make an apology.

STATEMENT REGARDING JOEY BARTON:

The news of Joey Barton’s apology and commitment to pay damages and costs is not the final outcome of this case.

After five defamatory tweets, my lawyer offered Barton a chance to settle: pay £75k, plus my costs, and make an apology.Â

He…

— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) June 18, 2024

‘He ignored that offer and posted more disgusting tweets about me, even publishing my home address to his followers.

‘When I then took my case to the High Court, a judge ruled that TEN of the tweets I complained of were defamatory.

‘Having lost, Barton has returned to the offer we made after tweet 5. There has therefore been a parallel action on tweets 6-10 and Barton will pay further damages for these.

‘A number of other steps — including statements made in Court by way of apology — are still to be taken, and Barton has agreed to pay my legal costs of all of the claims.’

This comes after Barton posted a long apology to X and took back his previous claims, writing: ‘Between 8 and 12 January 2024 I published 11 posts which accused Jeremy Vine of having a sexual interest in children, and created a hashtag which made the same allegations, which were viewed millions of times.

“Between 8 and 12 January 2024 I published 11 posts which accused Jeremy Vine of having a
sexual interest in children, and created a hashtag which made the same allegations, which were viewed millions of times. I recognise that this is a…

— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 18, 2024

‘I recognise that this is a very serious allegation. It is untrue. I do not believe that Mr Vine has a sexual interest in children, and I wish to set the record straight. I also published posts during the same period in which I referred to Mr Vine having advocated forced vaccination during the Covid 19 pandemic, based upon a video clip of his TV programme.

‘I accept that he did not advocate this policy and that the video clip has been edited to give a misleading impression of what he was in fact saying. I then taunted and abused Mr Vine for bringing a legal complaint against me.

‘I have agreed not to make the same allegations again about Mr Vine and I apologise to him for the distress he has suffered. To resolve his claims against me in defamation and harassment, I have agreed to pay Mr Vine £75,000 in damages and his legal costs.’

Lawyers for Vine told a hearing in London on May 9 that Barton posted several abusive tweets about the broadcaster in early January this year in a ‘calculated and sustained attack’.

Barton, who played for teams including Manchester City, Newcastle United, Rangers, and French side Marseille during his career, also began using ‘bikenonce’ on X, which led to it trending on the platform, the court was told.

Gervase de Wilde, representing Vine, said that the posts contained ‘clear references to (Mr Vine) having a sexual interest in children’ and that the word ‘nonce’ had ‘an irreducible, defamatory meaning’.

William McCormick KC, for Barton, said at the earlier hearing that the posts contained ‘vulgar abuse’ but did not libel Vine, and represented ‘someone who is posting in the heat of the moment’.

But Mrs Justice Steyn ruled that 11 of the posts could defame Vine, saying the word ‘nonce’ was used to allege that Vine ‘has a sexual interest in children’ and that the use of the word ‘bike’ was ‘a meaningless aspect of the accusation’.

Discussing one post which included the phrase ‘bike nonce’, the judge said: ‘In my judgment, the hypothetical ordinary reasonable reader would understand the post as taunting, scorning and ridiculing the claimant for his alleged proclivity.

‘The jocular tone might be seen by the ordinary reasonable reader as in bad taste, given the subject matter, but it would not lead them to understand that no allegation of having a sexual interest in children was seriously being made.

‘Nor would the reader perceive it as meaningless abuse “shouted” in the heat of the moment, as there is nothing in the post that would give that impression.’

Barton is also facing legal action by ITV sports pundit Eni Aluko over a post he made about her family. He previously compared her and Lucy West to serial killers Fred and Rose West.

Aluko said the post was ‘untrue, inaccurate and defamatory’ and had caused her ‘extreme harm and distress.’

She also said she was left fearing for her safety following Barton’s posts about her on social media.

ITV released a statement following Barton’s remarks about the female presenters that read: ‘For Joey Barton, an ex-professional player with a significant social media presence, to target two of our pundits, Eni Aluko and Lucy Ward, with such vindictive remarks based on gender and to invoke the names of serial killer in doing so is clearly contemptible and shameful on his part.’

In a video about the abuse she was facing online from Barton and his supporters, Aluko said: ‘My fear, actually, is that the next time this happens, if we don’t really put a stop to this, is that that girl or that woman kills herself.

‘I’m not being hyperbolic about that when I say that it’s happened. Caroline Flack, God rest her soul, killed herself, largely because of the online abuse that she was getting.

‘At what point are we going to understand that this needs to stop? Sexism, racism, misogyny is not an opinion. It’s not freedom of speech. It’s against the law. It’s as simple as that.’

News of Vine’s legal action against Barton first came in January, when Barton posted a photo to X – which was swiftly deleted but seen by Metro.co.uk –that included a photograph of a pre-action letter denoting a claim for defamation and harassment.

The letter warned that the document was confidential and should not be made public in any way, or else it may lead to Vine seeking additional damages.

Barton shared the documents online anyways with a caption that read, ‘So @theJeremyVine is suing me,’ along with a series of crying-laughing emojis and the hashtag ‘#bikenonce.’

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