Provocative columnist Katie Hopkins is reportedly being sued for up to £50,000 by food blogger Jack Monroe for wrongly accusing her of supporting the vandalism of a World War Two memorial.
The Guardian reported Monroe, who writes for the newspaper, confirmed she had launched legal proceedings over a spat that took place on Twitter last May in the wake of anti-Tory graffiti being daubed on a statue. Hopkins, whose Twitter account is followed by more than 600,000 people, had tweeted Monroe to ask her if she had "scrawled on any memorials lately?", believing she had endorsed the anti-government stunt.
She added: "Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom? Grandma got any more medals?”
Hopkins, who likened migrants to "cockroaches" in a column that generated international condemnation, apparently later admitted that she had confused Monroe with another writer.
Monroe initially demanded Hopkins apologise and donate £5,000 to a charity supporting migrants but is now pursuing the matter through the courts.
Hopkins apparently deleted her tweet, while failing to offer an apology.