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Social media posts by Joey Barton calling Jeremy Vine a ‘nonce’ have been defamatory, a High Court decide has dominated.

Mr Barton confronted authorized motion from the TV and radio presenter over 14 on-line posts, together with the place he referred to as Mr Vine a “big bike nonce” and a “pedo defender” on X, previously Twitter.

Mr Vine took the ex-midfielder to courtroom for libel and harassment, following a social media trade over Mr Barton’s criticism of ladies’s involvement in males’s soccer.

At a preliminary listening to earlier this month, Mrs Justice Steyn was requested to resolve a number of early points within the case, together with the “natural and ordinary” meanings of the posts and whether or not they have been statements of truth or opinion.

On Friday, the decide dominated that 11 of the posts may defame Mr Vine.

Mr Barton faced legal action from the TV and radio presenter over 14 online posts
Mr Barton confronted authorized motion from the TV and radio presenter over 14 on-line posts (PA Archive)

She stated: “The strong impression gained by the assertion the claimant is known as ‘aka’ ‘bike nonce’, followed immediately by the further assertion that he is known as, again, ‘aka’ ‘pedo defender’, is that the term ‘nonce’ was being used in its primary meaning to allege the claimant has a sexual interest in children.

“While I do not consider that the hypothetical reader, who would read the post quickly and move on, would infer a causative link, ie that the claimant defends paedophiles because he shares the same propensity, the juxtaposition of the words ‘nonce’ and ‘pedo’ is striking and would reinforce the impression that the former was used in the sense of ‘paedophile’.

“The reader would have understood that the word ‘bike’ was a meaningless aspect of the accusation, serving only as an indication that this was a label attached to the claimant, who was known as a cyclist, without detracting from the operative word ‘nonce’.”

In a listening to earlier this month, Lawyers for Mr Vine informed the courtroom that the abuse started following Mr Barton’s feedback on ladies concerned in soccer, significantly within the media, from the top of 2023.

Following a social media publish the place Mr Barton in contrast feminine pundits Eni Aluko and Lucy Ward to serial killers Fred and Rose West, Mr Vine questioned the remarks and whether or not Mr Barton had a mind damage, the courtroom heard.

Jeremy Vine is a keen cyclist and often campaigns for cyclist safety (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Jeremy Vine is a eager bike owner and infrequently campaigns for bike owner security (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Archive)

This led to Mr Barton launching a “calculated and sustained attack on Mr Vine” on January 6, together with by repeating allegations that Mr Vine supported administering Covid-19 vaccinations by pressure.

Mr Barton printed a number of posts over the next days to his 2.8 million followers, together with labelling Mr Vine a “bike nonce”, a “pedo defender” and “a nonce”, and related him with paedophiles together with Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr Barton then started utilizing “#bikenonce” on X, which led to it trending on the platform.

In written submissions, Mr Vine’s lawyer claimed Mr Barton’s “ongoing attacks” on Mr Vine have been “on a very significant scale”, with some posts being seen by greater than 2.5 million individuals.

Lawyers for Mr Vine declare the posts contained “clear references to (Mr Vine) having a sexual interest in children” and had led to him being subjected to “paedophilic slurs”, whereas barristers for Mr Barton stated that the publications “would obviously not” lead individuals to imagine Mr Vine was “a paedophile”.