My wife was joking around with other mums while picking our 8 year old son up from school a few days ago. She said, in jest, that another pupil's mother was 'probably a prostitute'. Our son overheard the remark and has apparently been repeating it around school. Now the woman in question has become aware of this and is threatening to sue for slander. Can she do that?
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I don't know yet. I haven't spoken to him about it. I've only just found out about it. I will be speaking to him tonight to try and establish that. We've then got to attend a meeting at the school tomorrow to discuss it. I was hoping to be aware of the legal position before then.
It is a defamatory comment I'm afraid.There would be a presumption of damage arising from this comment because it is impugning her chastity. Whether she said it jokingly or not would make no difference and, I'm afraid, that I could not be confident that a court would accept this was a jovial statement. However it is said, it is likely to be considered insulting and inappropriate in front of children.That said, she is not going to sue for defamation. A contested defamation action costs in excess of £25,000 and there is no legal aid. Its not within the reach of most people.Sorry thats probably not the answer you wanted but it is the position that you have and I have a duty to give you truthful and accurate information even though its not what I want to say.Hope this helps. Please rate my answer OK SERVICE or above and then I will continue with this for free.
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