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Katie Hopkins Has Applied For An Insolvency Deal To Avoid Bankruptcy

The British controversialist has to pay debts from a 2017 libel case over her tweets.

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Far-right media personality Katie Hopkins has applied for an insolvency arrangement in a bid to avoid bankruptcy after she lost a libel case over tweets which wrongly implied a food writer had supported the vandalism of a war memorial.

Last year, Hopkins was found to have libelled Jack Monroe in two tweets that suggested that she supported a war memorial being vandalised with anti-Tory graffiti. The court ordered Hopkins to pay £24,000 in damages to Monroe and £107,000 in legal costs within 28 days.

Over this weekend, Monroe sent a series of tweets that revealed Hopkins had applied for an insolvency arrangement to pay the rest of her debts called an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA).

I can confirm today that following that landmark libel case, Katie Hopkins has entered into an IVA to avoid bankruptcy. I knew for a while but could not say anything for legal reasons. The arbitrary defender of free speech didn't want anyone to know, ironically...

...I have been paid in full, but many of her creditors, including my lawyer, will not be paid what they are owed. For the want of an apology, a house, a job, a column, a radio show, and now financial solvency, were lost. It's all very sad, actually.

Monroe claimed Hopkins "didn't want anyone to know" about the IVA application, made in May of this year.

"I have been paid in full, but many of her creditors, including my lawyer, will not be paid what they are owed," Monroe wrote. "It's all very sad actually."

An IVA, part of the 1986 Insolvency Act, is a long-term repayment arrangement made with creditors in an effort to avoid a client having to file for bankruptcy. Hopkins' IVA can be found on the UK insolvency register online here.

BuzzFeed News contacted Hopkins for comment but had not received any by the time of publication.

In the wake of Monroe's tweets about Hopkins' bid, people on Twitter started retweeting a 2014 Hopkins tweet about debt: "The only thing people in debt have in common other than bad money management, is an ability to blame anyone but themselves."

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Hopkins has not had another regular mainstream gig in the UK media after she left the Mail Online by "mutual consent" last year. Her radio slot on LBC radio was also cancelled months earlier after tweeting about a "final solution" in response to the Manchester terror attacks. But her work has been picked up by Canadian right-wing site Rebel Media.

Jack Monroe
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Jack Monroe

Monroe told BuzzFeed News that she now plans to "finally move on" from the entire episode involving Hopkins.

"This case has dominated my life for the last three and a half years now, and I hope that now I can finally move on," Monroe told BuzzFeed News.

"I don't believe any of us are beyond redemption, and [I] wish her all the best."

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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