In October 2020, Crystal – real name Colin Munro – responded to a tweet in which the Lewis star accused Sainsbury’s of “discrimination” for supporting Black History Month.
“Imagine being this proud of being a racist,” Crystal replied. “So cringe. Total snowflake behaviour.”
Her post was then retweeted by Fox with the words: “Says the paedophile.” He later deleted the tweet.
At the time, Crystal said that she was considering taking legal action against Fox, who is currently running in the London mayoral elections. “I will not stand for racism when I see it, and I will not stand for homophobic defamation when it is directed at me,” she wrote.
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On Wednesday (7 April), it was announced that Crystal, along with Coronation Street actor Nicola Thorp and Stonewall deputy chair Simon Blake, had launched legal proceedings at the High Court against the actor.
Fox had called all three claimants “paedophiles” in separate Twitter posts.
Crystal confirmed the news on social media, posting: “As you may have seen in the press yesterday, I have filed defamation proceedings against Laurence Fox.
“My lawyer has advised it would be inappropriate to comment further, but I wanted to publicly acknowledge it. Thanks for your support.”
The Independent has contacted Fox’s representatives for comment.