Street-Porter denies racially abusing neighbour - Press Gazette

Street-Porter denies racially abusing neighbour

Broadcaster Janet Street-Porter has "completely denied" claims that she racially abused a neighbour.

The former newspaper editor, who was arrested and questioned on Tuesday, said she was known for her strong anti-racist stance and she expected to be fully vindicated.

Street-Porter, a columnist for the Independent, who was bailed pending inquiries, was head of youth and entertainment features at the BBC in the 1980s before becoming editor of the Independent on Sunday.

"Anyone who is aware of my track record in journalism and the media knows my strong anti-racist views," she said in a statement issued by her lawyers.

Her law firm Harbottle & Lewis said: "Janet Street-Porter was interviewed by police in respect of an allegation made against her under the Public Order Act.

"She has completely denied the allegation and expects to be fully vindicated in due course."

They added: "It will be appreciated that Janet cannot say any more at this stage."

In 2003, Street-Porter, who lives in Clerkenwell, central London, was criticised by Plaid Cymru after attacking Welsh people as "unfriendly" and saying they made her feel like an "alien" during her childhood holidays in north Wales.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "On January 16, a 59-year-old woman attended a north London police station by appointment and was arrested in connection with an alleged racially-aggravated public order offence.

"She was later bailed to a date in February pending inquiries."