Noel Edmonds has delivered a stunning message to Herbert Smith Freehills: “FUCK YOU“.
The television star wrote, “SLIMEY LAWYERS of HERBERT SMITH FREELOADERS-FUCK YOU” on Noel.World.com this week as part of a public semi-apology to Lloyds Banking Group and its Chief Executive, Antonio Horta-Osorio, whom Edmonds appeared to accuse of murder in an earlier article.
Lloyds instructed Hebert Smith Freehills after Edmonds obtained litigation funding in January to sue the bank for £60m. The star claims that Lloyds deliberately bankrupted his business, Unique Group, in the 2000s when Unique Group was the victim of a scam involving staff at a branch of HBOS which was subsequently taken over by Lloyds.
Last year Edmonds created a website which is given over entirely to strongly-worded criticisms of Lloyds bank, its executive board, its lawyers and in particular its CEO. On 4 April Edmonds published a post titled “LIAR-yes.ADULTERER-yes. MURDERER?” The piece suggested that Horta-Osorio was responsible for the deaths of “100’s, possibly 1000’s” of people who, Edmonds wrote, had probably killed themselves because they were made bankrupt by Lloyds.
This week Edmonds published an apology of sorts after, he said, Herbert Smith Freehills threatened legal action. “I deeply regret using language that could be interpreted as meaning that I believe Mr Osorio had murdered LLOYDS victims“, he wrote. “In future I will use more accurate language-Mr HORTY NOSORIO is the leader of a bunch of assassins who’ve destroyed the lives of thousands if not millions of my fellow countrymen”. Edmonds added his salty message to HSF as a PS:
Asked to explain his misgivings about Herbies, Edmonds told RollOnFriday that the firm had threatened him with defamation. In the greatest quote ever given to RollOnFriday he said its banking clients “are the living embodiment of all that’s evil in our society – so fuck em I say! love and positivity, Noel Edmonds”.
Given his take on Lloyds’ logo, Noel would probably enjoy HSF’s Crinkley Bottom.
After becoming one of the biggest names in television in the 1990s with Noel’s House Party, Edmonds found new fame this millennium as the host of Deal or No Deal. In recent years he has made headlines for odd pronouncements including claims that his ‘Electromagnetic Field Box’ can tackle cancer, and that he is visited by his dead parents in the form of two orbs which are “both the size of a melon“.
Edmonds told RollOnFriday that HSF “have threatened both myself and my lawyer Jonathan Coad (Keystone) with defamation actions”. He said, “My position, which has been communicated to them, is ‘bring it on” as I relish any court action which highlights Mr Horty Nosorio’s and Lord Blackwell’s refusal to embrace honesty, professional ethics and human compassion”.
Edmonds said he would attend Lloyds’ May AGM and “point out to them” that “they carry personal responsibility for the utter misery LBG has bestowed upon hundreds of UK SME’s which they have cynically plundered for both corporate and personal gain”.
The TV titan continued, “In my 50 year broadcasting career I have never used the ‘F word’”. But, he said, ” in the case of these Evil Banksters” it was “wholly appropriate as these men are the living embodiment of all that’s evil in our society – so fuck em I say!” Signing off with “love and positivity”, Edmonds provided a link to his song about the issue, ‘Evil Banksters’, saying, “please encourage your readers to see our track which has had over 1 million views so far”.
Herbert Smith Freehills declined to comment.