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Katie Hopkins threatened with legal action after confusing Jack Monroe with Laurie Penny in Twitter rant

Katie Hopkins was threatened with a legal writ after posting a tweet appearing to accuse cookery writer Jack Monroe of vandalising a war memorial.

Somewhat out of the blue, Hopkins wrote asking Monroe if she'd been defacing war memorials. Monroe responded by threatening to sue her.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Hopkins wrote: "Scrawled on any memorials recently? Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom. Grandma got any more medals?"

Monroe responded by threatening to sue Hopkins after initially asking her to delete the post.

Monroe said she would only desist from pursuing legal action for libel if Hopkins issued a public apology and donated £5,000 to a charity of her choice.

Hopkins deleted the tweet and said she was confused between Monroe and columnist Laurie Penny.

Penny had recently been criticised after expressing solidarity with people who vandalised a World War II memorial with "out Tory scum".

Hopkins responded to her remarks.

Penny later said she regretted the timing of her remarks, as it was VE Day, and added that her grandma had been awarded the George's Cross during the war. The medal turned out to be the national commemorative medal for her service in Malta, but Penny said that didn't lessen her pride in her grandmother's achievements.

Despite having confused the two left-wing activists, Hopkins didn't seem too apologetic.

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