Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Soldier probed in Lily Twitter row

Lily Allen reported a soldier's tweet she deemed to be racist

A Scottish soldier is being investigated by the British Army after he was accused of sending a racist message to pop star Lily Allen.

Sniper Lance Corporal Harry Wilson, of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, posted on social networking site Twitter: "All the best with your new family just seen you bought s*** I meant adopted a child from Africa #hero."

The singer, who previously suffered two miscarriages, then sent a tweet to the Army, saying: "Do you condone @harrywil2010 racist comments? His profile says he is in the British Army. he needs disciplining."

Lance Cpl Wilson's page has been removed from Twitter as investigations continue.

The 1 Scots guard's family reportedly said his message had been "taken the wrong way", claiming there was a comma missing.

His aunt Shirley Allison told the Scottish Sun: "There is not a racist bone in his body. No way was it meant in a racist way."

An Army spokesman said: "Anyone who falls short of the Army's high standards would have appropriate action taken against them.

"The British Army does not condone racism. An investigation is ongoing."

Allen, who has received a number of abusive messages from people since reporting Lance Cpl Wilson, posted on her Twitter account: "So let me get this straight it's 'he was just harassing you, not racially harassing you'. Ah, ok then."

She later said: "Ok I'm leaving twitter for a few days, hmmmm maybe hours, we'll see. The stupidity of some people on here is astounding."

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