Katie Hopkins: 'I see myself as the Jesus of the outspoken'

Bethany Minelle, News Reporter
Katie Hopkins tweeted this image of herself as the Virgin Mary (Twitter/KTHopkins)

On the day the High Court ruled against her in her 'Twibel' case, Katie Hopkins tweeted an image of herself as the Virgin Mary.

The columnist posted the meme of Mary, the mother of Jesus, with her own face photoshopped on along with the phrase "I see myself as the Jesus of the outspoken".

Along with the image, she wrote: "Welcome to all my new followers. Standing strong for all those who no longer have a voice."

Hopkins was not present at the High Court during the libel case brought against her by food blogger Jack Monroe, and has made no formal public comment about the court's decision.

:: Six-figure bill for Katie Hopkins in 'Twibel' case

Earlier in the day, the former Apprentice star was ordered to pay £24,000 in damages to Monroe.

Hopkins has also been ordered to pay £107,000 in court costs within the next month, with the full figure yet to be announced - although her final bill could be higher than £300,000.

The case arose after the memorial to the women of the Second World War in Whitehall was vandalised with the words "F*** Tory scum" during an anti-austerity protest.

Hopkins had posted tweets which implied the food blogger defaced or condoned the damage to the war memorial.

Following the court's decision, Monroe tweeted: "It"s taken 21 months but today the High Court ruled that Hopkins statements to/about me were defamatory. I sued her for libel. and I won (sic)."

She added: "I'll be writing a longer statement shortly, but for now, to everyone who told me I couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't - I could, I would, I did."

The Twitter libel case - dubbed 'Twibel' by media pundits - will be significant to future defamation cases sparked by social media activity.