Katie Price hurt by Frankie Boyle's 'despicable' joke
C4 declines to apologiseafter Scottish comediangoes for glamour girl andher disabled son, Harvey
Lawyers for Katie Price - aka glamour model Jordan - have reported Channel 4 to the industry watchdog Ofcom following the broadcast of what they called a "despicable" joke by Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle about her disabled son, Harvey. Price demanded a public apology. When it was not forthcoming she instructed her lawyers to file an official complaint.
Boyle, who has a history of upsetting people with over-the-top jokes, made the "hurtful" remark in his late night C4 show Tramadol Nights.
He began: "Jordan and Peter Andre are still fighting each other over custody of Harvey - eventually one of them will lose and have to keep him."
Then he added: "I have a theory about the reason Jordan married a cage fighter - she needed a man strong enough to stop Harvey from fucking her..."
In a statement on her website, Katie Price wrote that Harvey, who suffers from septo-optic dysplasia and autism, was "a little miracle" who overcomes difficulties every day.
"If Mr Boyle had a 10th of his [Harvey's] courage and decency he would know that to suggest, let alone think funny, that Harvey may sexually attack me is vile and deeply unfair.
"To bully this unbelievably brave child is despicable, to broadcast it on television is to show a complete and utter lack of judgment."
Channel 4's position last night was that the the remark had been aired "in the context of a late-night comedy show" and that Boyle had used the line before in his live stage show. A spokesman said: "As with much of his material, [it] is an absurdist and satirical comment on high-profile individuals whose lives have been played out in the media."
Mark Bateman, a lawyer representing Katie Price, said: "Channel 4 have got this horribly wrong if they think their actions are defensible because Boyle is high-profile or because he has made this so-called joke before."
Boyle's previous run-ins with the taste police followed jokes about Downs Syndrome sufferers, Olympian Rebecca Adlington's looks and the Cumbria massacre.
Within a day of Derrick Bird's murderous rampage in June, when he shot dead 12 people including taxi driver Darren Rewcastle, Boyle told a live audience at the Hammersmith Apollo that he understood why someone would want to shoot taxi drivers in the head.