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Katie Price escapes Ofcom investigation after repeating racial slur during TV interview

The Loose Women star was on This Morning in April (17) to talk about internet trolls and her determination to persuade politicians to introduce stronger punishments for offenders when she used the word.

Katie Price has escaped an Ofcom investigation after repeating a racial slur while discussing the online bullying her son Harvey had been subjected to.

The Loose Women star was on This Morning in April (17) to talk about internet trolls and her determination to persuade politicians to introduce stronger punishments for offenders when she used the word.

As she recalled the horrific messages Harvey, 14, has been subjected to on sites such as Twitter and Instagram, Katie told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "Is it strong enough to call my son a black blind n****er, is that not abuse?... How much do I have to take, so in the end, the people who have said this, I put it online and said, 'Does anyone know this person?'

"It would be refreshing if these trolls, these online bullies, I'd like one of them to have the balls for me to talk to, or interview them and say, 'What is that goes through your head, why do you do it?' Someone has to sit down and take time to do this, what goes through their head?"

As she once again attempted to stress the level of abuse that Harvey, who is partially blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome, has received online, she said the n-word again, causing Phillip to step in and say: "Hey, you don’t need to say it again."

Katie's remarks left many This Morning fans stunned, with some even complaining to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom. And after looking into the incident, Ofcom have decided against further investigating it, as they found Katie to have used the slur in a "descriptive manner".

"We considered a handful of complaints about potentially offensive language in this mid-morning magazine programme," a spokesperson said. "We found it was used in a descriptive manner to illustrate the nature of online abuse and the presenters issued an apology immediately after the broadcast."

Despite the stir her interview caused, Katie stood by her use of the word in a video posted on Twitter afterwards, in which she defiantly repeated the word three more times.

In the video, she explained, "That's what people call my son," and added, "I'm glad I've made headlines using that word cause I want to get it out there that's it not acceptable."

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