Tommy Robinson grins as he faces court charges of contempt after filing for bankruptcy when ordered to pay £43,000 in damages to a Syrian teenager
- Robinson arrived at the High Court today surrounded by three men filming him
- Comes after he failed to appear in the same court last month over unpaid legal bills
- He was sentenced to pay charges after losing a defamation case against a Syrian teenager last year
- The EDL founder filed for bankruptcy but was taken to court to explain the finances
- He failed to appear at the March hearing and was due to appear in court today
Tommy Robinson grinned as he arrived for a contempt hearing in court today after filing for bankruptcy when asked to pay £43,000 in damages to a Syrian teenager.
Robinson, 39, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was due to appear in the same court on March 22 in relation to unpaid legal bills after losing a defamation case brought against him by Jamal Hijazi last year.
But he did not appear for the hearing and the case was referred to a High Court judge who ordered the founder of the English Defense League to appear in court today.
Robinson arrived in court wearing a gray coat over a black T-shirt with gray jeans and was surrounded by three tall men – two of whom appeared to be filming him as he smiled at photographers.
In the subpoena issued last month, Judge Nicklin said Robinson was considering “an appearance of contempt of court.”
Tommy Robinson (pictured) arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London to appear for a contempt of court hearing today
Two men appeared to be filming the founder of the English Defense League with their mobile phones as he walked into court
He was surrounded by three men, one vaping and the other two appearing to be filming him
Robinson smiled at photographers as he headed to the High Court to face a possible contempt of court action after failing to appear at a hearing in March
He warned that Robinson could be arrested if he didn’t appear in court today.
The hearing comes after Robinson was successfully sued by Mr Hijazi after the then 15-year-old was assaulted at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in October 2018.
In a short video of the incident, which received nearly a million views, Robinson claimed in two Facebook videos Mr Hijazi was “not innocent and violently assaulting young English girls at his school”.
Mr Justice Nicklin found the allegations false after a court hearing.
Following a pre-trial hearing for the defamation case in November 2020, Robinson was ordered to pay more than £43,000 in legal costs.
Four months later, however, he filed for bankruptcy, which the court has since exonerated.
In February, Mr Hijazi’s lawyers successfully sought an injunction requiring Robinson to return to the High Court to answer questions about his finances.
Ian Helme, who is representing the teenager, told the court there was information “that what is stated in his bankruptcy filing is not a complete statement of (Robinson’s) assets”.
It came after Robinson was previously jailed after he was found on contempt of court filming men accused of sexually exploiting young girls and using the footage in violation of a reporting ban at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018 streamed live on Facebook.
He was jailed for 13 months after being found in court for contempt on the day it aired, but served two months in prison before being released after the contempt conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.
The case was then referred back to the Attorney General and he was jailed again in July 2019.