Anti-bullying campaigner wins £60,000 defamation over ‘fraud’ online claims

Champion News Service Ltd Tel: 07948286566 / 07914583378 Anti-bullying campaigner Lisa Johnson outside the High Court following a hearing in the defamation dispute with Emma Hammond.

Lisa Johnson took antidepressants after being accused of ‘cheating’ and using bullying tactics (Image: Champion News Service)

An anti-bullying campaigner who became “physically ill” after being labeled a bully has won a £60,000 defamation battle.

Lisa Johnson, 45, became an ambassador for the charity BulliesOut and spoke about her work on TV after being subjected to “years” of agony since childhood.

But she told a judge she needed to take antidepressants when business rival Emma Hammond took to Facebook to accuse her of “cheating” and using “ruthless bullying sales tactics”.

The couple fell out when Hammond, 37, refused to pay for a course she signed up for with Business Coach. Her comments were sent to 3,000 people and Ms Johnson, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, was inundated with messages from customers questioning her integrity.

According to the Post last May, Jersey-based Hammond set up her own company and sold the same courses, the High Court heard.

Champion News Service Ltd. Tel: 07948286566 / 07914583378 Emma Hammond, who was embroiled in a defamation dispute with anti-bullying campaigner Lisa Johnson

Emma Hammond wrote messages on social media about Lisa Johnson (Image: Champion News Service)

Judge Richard Spearman KC ruled on the damages, saying Ms Johnson suffered “very significant psychological consequences” from the “nasty, baseless” comments.

He ordered Hammond to pay £25,000 plus Ms Johnson’s £35,000 legal costs after she successfully sued for defamation and malicious untruth.

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